Cole Irish was Broncos' first utility man and probably their best. Irish could play all infield positions (he did not play catcher but did pitch one inning for the Bronco's) and all outfield positions. And play them well.
He played for the Broncos in 1994 and 1995. In 1994, he fielded .941 on 135 chances. Remember, he's playing many different position and still fields .941. In 1995, he fields .980 on 542 chances, once again playing many positions.
His versatility was handy to have.
Cole was every bit a team player and was an expert on moving runners. During a 13-game stretch in 1994, he advanced runners 16 times in 25 chances and had six in a row at one stretch. During that stretch, he went 10 for 17 batting with runners in scoring position. No wonder the Broncos won 86 and lost just 43 (.667) during 1994-1995. In 1994, the Broncos finished second in the NBC World Series and in 1995, they wound up third.
In 1995, Irish as spectacular in the NBC World Series, going 12 for 26 (.462) and stealing six bases in six times. As always, he was at his best in key situations. He went 5 for 10 with runners in scoring position. He advanced runners eleven times in 14 occasions. Also as usual, he was terrific on defense, handling 62 of 63 chances for a .984 fielding percentage.
Two NBC games in 1995 stand out for Cole. One was against Team USA. He went 3 for 5, driving in a run and stealing a base against the best collegiate talent in the nation. The other game was against arch-rival Hays. Against the Larks, he went 3 for 4 with two RBI's and two stolen bases.
A coaches dream, the Broncos may never see another versatile player like Cole Irish, but they were extremely happy to have him for two seasons.