Found June 11, 2013 on
San Francisco Giants
Gerrit Cole steps into the box for his first Major League at-bat with the bases loaded. Two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum is 60 feet, 6 inches away. After two straight strikes, Cole lays off three pitches out of the zone. Then Lincecum throws a fastball at Cole’s elbows.
Cole threw 59 of his 81 pitches for strikes in his quality start.
Cole taps his left foot and smacks the pitch into the gap in left-center. If Gregor Blanco does not cut it off, it’s a bases-clearing double. Instead, Cole’s first base hit since his days for the Orange Lutheran High School Lancers is a two-run single to put his new team ahead for good in an 8-2 win Tuesday night.
The Pirates’ top prospect outperformed Lincecum (4.2 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K) in every part of his PNC Park debut. Cole kept the Giants scoreless through six innings until he gave up three hits and allowed two runs in the 7th. Of his 81 total pitches, 65 were fastballs and 46 of those fastballs were thrown for strikes. At his best, Cole retired 13 straight batters on five pitches or fewer, pitched into only one three-ball count and allowed no walks.
The No. 1 overall draft pick had to withstand two early jams. After striking out his first MLB opponent Gregor Blanco with a 99 mph fastball, Cole allowed Marco Scutaro to single to right field and Hunter Pence to hit an infield single. Cole escaped by getting Brandon Belt to pop out on a 97 mph fastball.
More trouble in the 2nd inning: Andres Torres and Joaquin Arias singled on two fastballs. After Lincecum bunted them over, Cole hit Blanco with a fastball on an 0-2 count. Cole used his slider to draw a flyout. Five runners on, no runs.
That’s when Cole settled in, efficiently getting 13 consecutive outs on 40 total pitches. His gameplan consisted almost exclusively of his two best pitches: fastballs (80 percent) and sliders (17 percent).
In the 7th inning, Cole’s fastball appeared to flatten out in giving up three hits to the Giants, despite continuing to light up 97 mph on the radar gun. Torres lined a single to right to start the inning, then Brandon Crawford lined a single to left. Though Cole had thrown just 76 pitches, pitching coach Ray Searage came out to talk and reliever Tony Watson began to warm up. Cole’s next pitch almost drew a 5-4-3 double play, but Arias beat it out. Then pinch-hitter Tony Abreu roped an RBI double into right field to end the shutout bid and send Cole off to cheers and ovations from the crowd of 30,614.
Cole’s final line was similar to his Minor League numbers: 6.1 innings, 7 hits, 2 earned runs (he was charged when Watson gave up an RBI groundout to Blanco), 0 walks and 2 strikeouts. While he tilted more to “efficient” than “dominant,” Cole showed flashes with his fastball hitting triple-digits and getting reigning most valuable player Buster Posey to whiff at a slider in the dirt for his second strikeout.
Perhaps most impressive of all, the pitcher who never recorded a base hit in the minors or batted at UCLA followed up his two-run single with a hard-hit comebacker to Lincecum and a line drive that was swiped by center fielder Blanco before it could bounce into the grass. Cole was something expected but also something new.
More to come from PNC Park.
BEST OF MAXIM
AROUND THE WEB
Gerrit Cole makes his Pirates debut tonight.
The top prospect in the system, Gerrit Cole, is making his major league debut tonight against the San Francisco Giants. I’m not sure how many people need an introduction to Cole’s stuff. He’s been the top prospect in the system for the last two years, and I’ve written about his stuff countless times. Plus, you all can just turn...
Pittsburgh Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole, the #1 overall pick in the 2011 Draft, will be making his major league debut tonight against the Giants.. The game will be televised nationally on MLB Network (except in the Pittsburgh and San Francisco home markets). The world of baseball is excited. There's just one little awkward problem for Cole
He will be facing his girlfriend...
For two years, Pirate fans have been counting down the days until the debut of Gerrit Cole, and on Tuesday, the fans got what they were waiting for. He made all the anticipation and hype worth the wait.
Cole blanked the defending World Series champion Giants through the first six innings of his Major League debut and led the Pirates to an 8-2 victory.
A PNC Park crowd...
Whatever you want to call it, today is the day many Pirates fans have looked to for two years — the day Gerrit Cole makes his big league debut.
2011 No.1 overall pick Gerrit Cole will make his Major League debut tonight at PNC Park against San Francisco.
Cole, of course, was the No. 1 overall selection in 2011 out of UCLA and thanks to a combination of stuff and need will take...
The Pirates took Gerrit Cole with the first overall pick of the 2011 MLB Draft.
Just over two years removed from being picked first overall in the 2011 MLB Draft, Gerrit Cole will make his major league debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday night against the San Francisco Giants.
Cole entered this season as a consensus top 10 prospect in baseball. Baseball America ranked him...
Yielding only two runs and seven hits over 6 1/3 innings, Gerrit Cole helped the Pirates defeat the San Francisco Giants 8-2 on Tuesday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. Taken first overall out of UCLA in 2011, the 6-foot-4, 220 pound Cole (1-0, 2.84 ERA) consistently reached 96 mph and was in complete control throughout his debut with the Pirates. “Really, I couldn’t have asked...
The first-overall pick in the 2011 MLB Amateur Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Gerrit Cole, dazzled in his major league debut on Tuesday night, living up to the hype that has followed the top pitching prospect throughout his career at UCLA and the Pirates minor league system.After receiving his big league call-up from Triple-A Indianapolis earlier in the day, Cole joined the club...
Today is Gerrit Cole’s Major League Debut. As he walked out to do his warm-up session for his first career start, they said it best on MLB Tonight (on MLB Network). “This is how they’re supposed to look”.
Here’s the scouting report from Baseball Prospectus on the former #1 overall pick:
Cole fits the physical profile of a workhorse frontline starter, standing 6-foot-4...
In his first major league start of what should be a career to track, Gerrit Cole looked every bit the part of first overall draft pick (2011) for the Pittsburgh Pirates. And not just against any old team, but against the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, against 2-time Cy Young Award winner and 4-time All Star Tim Lincecum. And his girlfriend’s brother happens...
I’m going to attempt to cut this one off at the pass. I don’t want to see this go as far as the McCutcheon misspelling of Andrew McCutchen. Or the Neil Walker, Neal Huntington inversion dichotomy. The name is Gerrit Cole. Not Garrett Cole. Not Garret Cole. Not Gerritt Cole. Not Garrit Cole. Not Garritt…
The Pittsburgh Pirates highly touted pitching prospect, and former No.1 overall draft pick, Gerrit Cole did not disappoint one bit in his Major League debut Tuesday night. Well, unless you are a Giants fan that is.
The 22-year old righty threw six and a third innings in his debut, allowing two runs on seven hits. The final line doesn’t show just how dominant he was though. Cole...
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...
So Gerrit Cole, right? Good outing, definitely something to build on. It appears he is going to do everything he can to stay on this team, which is great. There is really no need for Jeanmar Gomez to ever make another start for the Pirates. This is a pretty huge revelation. Hurdle also said that…
With the first overall selection of the 2011 MLB draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates took UCLA pitcher Gerrit Cole. The Yankees had drafted him at the bottom of the 2008 first round but he refused to sign...some have to wonder what was going through his mind at the time. It took Cole just 200 minor league innings to make his debut and he looked good both pitching, and swinging the...
What is there to talk about today? Countless political scandals? No…. Two accidents shutting down the northbound and southbound sides of Interstate 81 last night? Nah that’s not it either. Oh right, today is the debut of uber-prospect Gerrit Cole! A lot of people want him up, a lot think it’s too early, he’s here,…