Lefty Cole Irvin has been like a machine as a starting pitcher for the Lehigh Valley IronPigs this season. Yesterday, he won his seventh straight start in a 6-2 win over the Charlotte Knights. His 8 wins are tied for the most in minor league baseball.
We have been on a left-handed starter watch for the Phillies all season. No left-handed pitcher has started for the Phillies in over 200 games dating back to late September of 2016 when Adam Morgan last started.
Irvin is pitching like he is ready to move up. In 12 starts at AAA, he is 8-1 and has pitched to a 2.62 ERA in 75.2 innings this season.
In Irvin’s last four starts, Logan Moore has been his catcher. Overall, Irvin is 5-0 with Moore catching. With the bat, he is hitting 8 for 15 with a homer and 4 walks in the five Irvin starts.
No runner has attempted to steal on Moore when he has caught Irvin, Logan has allowed only 7 of 20 baserunners to steal successfully. His caught stealing percent is one of the highest in baseball this season.
The current Phillies No. 2 catcher Andrew Knapp has been marred in a major slump. In his last 10 games, has hit only .100, 2 for 20. For the season, 10 of 14 runners have been successful in base stealing attempts against Knapp.
Logan Moore needs to get a call-up to the big leagues. He is now in his eight season in the Phillies system and has caught just over 4,ooo minor league innings plus numerous annual catching trips to winter ball in the Dominican without a major league opportunity. He has earned a shot in the Show!