Team USA Prospects: 21-30USA Baseball
NOTE: This list only includes players who appeared in international competition for Team USA against Chinese Taipei, Cuba and/or Japan.
21. Jake Irvin, rhp, Oklahoma (2018)
Irvin was dominant over his first five starts this spring, then missed a few weeks with shoulder inflammation and struggled to regain his previous form in the second half. He made a mechanical tweak, altering his takeaway to put less strain on his shoulder, and he started to get more comfortable and confident at the end of the season. He made two appearances with Team USA this summer, posting a 5.14 ERA and a 10-4 K-BB mark in seven innings, but he did not show premium stuff. His fastball topped out at 94 mph early in his outings before settling in at 89-91, and his 6-foot-5, 205-pound frame gives him good leverage and angle. It’s easy to dream on the idea of Irvin throwing harder consistently as he grows into his big body, which is his greatest asset. His big-breaking 80-83 slider and his mid-80s changeup are both fringy offerings at this stage. Irvin is a good athlete who fields his position well, and he has a strong willingness to learn and work at his craft. He needs to become a more consistent strike-thrower (as he was early in the spring), and he needs to develop a swing-and-miss secondary offering, but his size and upside figure to get him drafted inside the top five rounds next June, with a chance to go better if his stuff takes a jump.
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