Oregon Ducks Baseball: Starter Cole Irvin Announces His 2016 Return on Twitter


The Oregon Ducks Baseball team received some good news on Saturday evening as Starter Cole Irvin made his decision to remain with the program for the upcoming season rather than sign a Major League Baseball contract and begin his professional career. Irvin has played two seasons for the Oregon Ducks, after sitting out all of 2014 following Tommy Jon Surgery. He started his Oregon Career with plenty of accolades in 2013, including being named a First Team All American from three separate publications including Baseball America,Louisville Slugger, and Perfect Game.

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The Preseason accolades were warranted as Irvin posted a 12-3 record as a Starter for the Oregon Ducks and posted a 2.48 Earned Run Average while striking out sixty opposing batters, second most in a season in school history. 2014 showed promise, but an injury before the season began had Irvin out for the season facing Tommy John Surgery. He returned to the mound as the Ace in 2015 and had a decent season. Irvin was twice named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week(once in April, then again in May). Irvin led the team to a top ten ranking to start the season.

As a Sophomore, Irvin threw seventy-nine innings and started sixteen games for Oregon, allowing opposing batters to hit .267 against him and posting a 4.10 Earned Run Average, Not too bad for a player coming off Tommy John Surgery. The Oregon Ducks will also see Matt Krook back on the mound in 2016, who is coming off Tommy John Surgery from last season. Krook is currently working on his game  and getting back to form playing in the Summer League currently with the Wareham Gateman in Cape Cod.He has thrown in three games for 5.2 innings giving up seven hits and five run, posting a high ERA at 7.94.

With Krook, Irvin and Sophomore David Petersen back in the fold for next season, Oregon should have solid Starting Pitching with experience.

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