Outlook for 2007: Has made a huge jump in his offensive ability with improved strength and conditioning...Appears ready to have a solid senior campaign as he platoons in rightfield, DH, or becomes a left-handed hitter off the bench...Will also battle for the everyday DH job.
2006 (Junior): The Tigers' top pinch-hit option...Hit .421 with seven RBI as a pinch-hitter...Overall, batted .284 with six doubles and 15 RBI...Platooned in rightfield with Ben Grisham...Made 18 starts in 37 games played...Hit .242 as a starter and .409 as a reserve...Had the game-winning hit vs. Marshall (4/7/06)...Hit safely in each of his first eight games (11-for-21, .524), including multiple hits in the first three...Hit .400 through his first 14 games...Made a pair of appearances on the mound.
Summer 2006: Played for the DuBois County Bombers of the Central Illinois Collegiate League...Named to the CICL Postseason All-Star Team...Second on the team with a .309 batting average...Blasted a home run and drove in 16 runs...Led DuBois County and the CICL with 16 doubles in 42 games of action...Started all 42 games he played in...Finished eighth in the CICL with a .450 slugging percentage and seventh with a team-best 46 hits...Scored 19 runs.
Northwest Mississippi Community College: Helped guide Northwest to a 30-21 record in 2005 and a MACJC north division title...Started in 40 of the 43 games he played in...Finished his sophomore season with a .336 average...Was third on the team with 30 runs scored and 44 hits...Drove in 25 runs...Was one of three Rangers to post double figures in doubles, with 11...Also added four home runs and totaled 67 total bases...Was perfect in six stolen base attempts...Saw limited action off the mound...Was 1-1 with a save in five outings...Struck out five in 4.1 innings...2004: Was the starting rightfielder and a relief pitcher as a freshman at Northwest...tied for the team lead in home runs with 10, led the team with 47 RBI...Hit .370 with 40 runs scored, and had a slugging percentage of .709...Selected first team MACJC All-State.
Prep: Played his high school ball at Magnolia Heights School in Senatobia, Miss...Lettered in both football and baseball...Played both the outfield and catcher, while also seeing time on the mound...Named All-State in baseball in both his junior and senior seasons, including as both a pitcher and an outfielder his senior year...Was also named All-State in football his senior season...Four-year member of the All-Conference team for baseball...Helped lead his team to a state championship in football and baseball in his junior season...MHS also won the AAA State football title in his senior year...Selected to play in the MPSA All-Star game as a senior...Had a double, triple, two runs scored and two RBI to garner MVP honors.
Personal: Full name is Joshua Lewis Irvin...Son of Jeff and Stephanie Irvin...Majoring in sport and leisure studies.