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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 fastball percentages was an article I read a little over a month ago about Ross Detwiler. The article was written by Adam Berry of MLB.com, looking at how frequently Detwiler was throwing his fastball.
Detwiler was throwing 89.6% fastballs this year, after throwing 80.3% last year. Just like Cole, Detwiler throws a four seam fastball and a two seam fastball. He’s got some good velocity on the four seam fastball, touching 96, but not anything close to the velocity that Cole has. Detwiler also does an outstanding job of pounding the strike zone and commanding his pitches, which is what makes him so effective...
BEST OF MAXIM
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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...
TOP OF THE SYSTEM
A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today. Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. If a player is in the majors, he will be removed, everyone below him will be shifted up a spot, and a new player will be added to the bottom of the list. Rankings are from the mid-season rankings, and links on each name go to their Pirates...
The Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to an over-slot deal with eighth round pick Neil Kozikowski, Pirates Prospects has learned from a source with knowledge of the discussions. The deal is for $425,000, which is $155,400 over-slot for the eighth round.
After signing second rounder Blake Taylor to an under-slot deal, the Pirates have $266,000 for over-slot deals without any penalties...
Below are the top Runs Created* totals in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every hitter who had an at-bat for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the hitter has prospect eligibility. Players who spent time at different levels are counted multiple times, once for each level,...
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...
Reese McGuire has officially signed.
Yesterday we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates would be signing first round pick Reese McGuire today. Today the Pirates made the move official. No word yet on the bonus, although McGuire was expected to sign for close to slot. The catcher will head to the Gulf Coast League, which begins on Friday.
After the draft, Jessica Quiroli reported that...
FanGraphs projects Andrew McCutchen to be worth 3.2 wins the rest of the year. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
This week’s odds report was delayed by one day because my laptop was driving the StruggleBus yesterday. It couldn’t boot up. But one reformatted hard drive later, Lappy and I are all good. It’s a fresh start. So let’s also use this chance as a fresh start for looking...
Below are the pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The top ten and the bottom five starts are broken down below the chart. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility.
*Game Score is a stat created by Bill James...
There was a lot of news on the site today. At certain points of the day we were posting an article and immediately starting on the next update. That didn’t leave for a lot of time to process any of the individual moves. Some of them might have even been lost in the mix. So I wanted to recap the day, with some overall thoughts on some of the moves.
In the 2008 draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates selected a player they envisioned would lock down third base for years to come and more importantly the cleanup spot in the batting order for years to come. It has been a work in progress, as Pedro Alvarez has yet to do the latter, but in reality, Alvarez is right on schedule when compared to other power hitters and could become the new Adam...
The 2013 Jamestown Jammers season begins today. Some of you may be wondering “Who are the Jamestown Jammers?” The Pirates used to have their short-season A-ball affiliate in State College. The contract with the Spikes ended last year, and the Spikes opted to sign with the St. Louis Cardinals. Thus the Pirates moved their short-season A-ball team to Jamestown. Everything is the...
Eliecer Navarro will be promoted to Altoona.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will promote left-hander Eliecer Navarro to Altoona this week. John Eshleman was covering the Altoona Curve tonight, and Navarro was with the team. He is expected to make his first start this week, which will probably come on Tuesday.
Navarro had a 2.86 ERA in 69.1 innings with Bradenton this year, along with a 62...
This is about as frustrating as losses get. The Pirates went 0-for-8 with runners in scoring position tonight against Mike Leake, Tony Cingrani, and Aroldis Chapman. Francisco Liriano turned in one of his smoother starts as a Pirate (six innings, 84 pitches, six strikeouts, five hits, two walks), except that two of the hits he gave up were solo home runs. Bryan Morris followed that...
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).