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One of the most interesting aspects to me of Gerrit Cole being put in the Pirate rotation slightly ahead of schedule is that it's going to force him to grow as a pitcher pretty quickly. I think that he could've pitched for forever in Triple-A the way that he did on Tuesday: hammer the zone with fastballs to get ahead in the count, then use well-placed fastballs and breaking balls to finish hitters off. His fastball is so good that most Triple-A guys can't catch up to it, so even when they know it's coming it results in a foul ball or weak contact at best. That will not be true of Major League hitters. Cole faced 27 hitters in his big league debut; by the time the Giants finished their second time through the order, they were waiting for Cole's fastball and lining it all over the park.
As I wrote earlier in the week, I'm fine with the strategy of pounding fastballs to get ahead in the count to help Cole get settled into a role in a Major League rotation,...
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Gerrit Cole has thrown a fastball almost 81% of the time. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
In his first two starts, Gerrit Cole has gone heavy on the fastball. Really heavy. As in 80.7% of his pitches have been fastballs. Only one pitcher in all of baseball can top that amount, and that is Bartolo Colon, who is throwing 84.6% fastballs.
The first thing I thought about when I saw Cole’s...
Right-hander Gerrit Cole took a shutout into the seventh inning of his major league debut and hit a two-run single in his first at-bat Tuesday night, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to an 8-2 victory. The top pick in the 2011 draft, told PiratesDugout.com's George Von Benko that he hopes to be a big contributor for the Pirates in their race in the National League Central division.
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Gerrit Cole struck out just one hitter but was an out away from his second quality start. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Yes, that was Gerrit Cole making his second Major League start Sunday, even though you could have easily confused it for a replay of his debut. The phenom prospect threw the same number of fastballs, allowed the same number of...
Gerrit Cole is 2-0! I think we’ll need to see a bit more than he showed but it’s going to take time. The fastball is obviously great but he can’t continue to succeed, or go deep into games as a one pitch guy. That’s the fastball academy though. They’ll have to work on his offspeed…
I've been accumulating share-worthy Gerrit Cole links for a couple of days now, so let's get that out of the way along with a few newsworthy stories.
At FanGraphs, Jeff Sullivan took a look at one of Cole's innings and his pitch placement vs. where Russell Martin set up for him. It's interesting, and his point about command vs. control is an important one to...
Rookie Gerrit Cole won again, getting home run help from Pedro Alvarez and pitching the Pittsburgh Pirates past the Los Angeles Dodgers 6-3 Sunday.
Cole (2-0) allowed three runs on seven hits and no walks in 5 2-3 innings. The top pick from the 2011 draft won in his big league debut last week.
Alvarez snapped a 2-all tie when he connected off Zack Greinke (3-2) for a three-run...
It's Father's Day and the Pirates are halfway to 82 wins. They got their 41st win today when Zack Greinke left a 3-2 curveball up in the middle of the zone and Pedro Alvarez whacked it out into the bushes in center field, breaking a 2-2 tie in the bottom of the fifth. Gerrit Cole ran into trouble in the sixth and gave the Dodgers a run back, but Alex Presley immediately leveled...
In the last few weeks the Pittsburgh Pirates have made a lot of prospect promotions. Gerrit Cole was promoted to the majors. Andrew Lambo and Stolmy Pimentel moved up to Triple-A. This week saw Nick Kingham and Gregory Polanco get promotions to Altoona. With half of the minor league season in the books, we should start seeing more and more moves.
I get asked “When will Player A...
The Super Two deadline apparently has passed, which explains why several big-time prospects have been promoted (Gerrit Cole and Mike Zunino) or will be soon (Wil Myers and Zach Wheeler). All four phenoms could crack the Rookie Watch in the coming months. In the meantime, here's our weekly look at the majors' top five rookies of the moment (all stats through Monday).
Dodgers (29-38) at Pirates (40-28)
1:35 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh
TV: ROOT, TBS
The Bucs and Dodgers battle in a rubber match this afternoon on a rainy Father’s Day in Pittsburgh.
Brandon Cumpton will start again on Thursday, his next scheduled turn in the rotation.
Starling Marte is still out.
Russell Martin was scratched with a lower body injury...
Episode nine of The Pirates Prospects Podcast can be downloaded or streamed below. This episode includes analysis from Tom Bragg (@TomBraggSports) and James Santelli (@JamesSantelli) on the Pirates. Highlights of the show include:
**Tom and James, who were both covering the start, gave their reactions to Gerrit Cole’s major league debut.
**Pitching depth has been funny this year...