Originally posted on BAseball Reality Tour  |  Last updated 6/12/13
This could be the year the Pittsburgh Pirates break their 20-year old postseason drought. It will most certainly be the year they break their 20-year run of finishing below .500.Break the Curse of Sid Bream's SlideThe big story out of PNC Park tonight was the debut of Gerrit Cole, the number 1 overall pick of the 2011 draft. Since turning professional out of UCLA, Cole has drawn comparisons to Matt Cain and other sturdy starting pitchers. The interesting thing about Gerrit Cole is that he throws very hard, fails to strike out a lot of hitters, but can still miss bats with that fastball.His season stats before the callup were actually poor for a top prospect. Cole struck out just 17.5% of Triple A batters, good for a paltry 6.2 K/9. He benefited from good defense in Triple A, as illustrated by his .216 BABIP. His 3.99 FIP in Triple A should be alarming, as a 3.99 FIP in the Majors is not top of the rotation production. There is something to be said about how much credit a pitcher...
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