Originally written on The Fantasy Fix  |  Last updated 6/12/13
Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh’s top prospect and MLB.com’s preseason eighth-ranked minor leaguer, won his first Major League start Tuesday night by shutting out the Giants over 6.1 innings before allowing two earned runs in the seventh. Despite topping out at over 100 mph Cole only recorded two strikeouts. However, he didn’t walk a batter; threw 59 of his 81 pitches for strikes; and picked up eight swinging strikes, which was good for a 9.8 percent swinging strike rate (the league average is 9.2 percent). Credit: Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images Cole pitched very well throughout the entire night, and it just happened that after retiring 13 straight hitters Cole gave up three hits to three of the first four hitters he faced in the seventh. Stuff happens. Cole’s command was very good, hitting both sides of the plate. When he missed his spot he missed low and avoided any danger. I can barely even recall a pitch missing high, and I just finished watching his start. Out of the seven hits...
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