Found June 14, 2013 on Pirates Prospects:
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. We recorded this on Thursday, when it looked like the Pirates were a week or two away from having 7-8 starters to choose from in the majors. Most of what we discussed was what the Pirates should do with those tough decisions. A few hours after recording, A.J. Burnett went on the disabled list, leaving the Pirates short a starter this weekend. Despite the short-term need, the Pirates will still have decisions to make in a week or two when James McDonald, Jeanmar Gomez, and Wandy Rodriguez return. **James thinks the Pirates need to think outside the box this year more than previous years (6-man rotation? Pigg...

Pirates Notebook: 9 Best Perspectives on Cole’s Debut

Players and managers alike were impressed by the velocity and command on Cole’s fastball. (Photo Credit: David Hague) We all watched Gerrit Cole impress in his Major League debut Tuesday night. I wrote about it. You (hopefully) read it, and now it’s on to the next one. But before it is on to the next one, I wanted to compile the best insight about Cole becoming a part of the...

Pirates’ Gerrit Cole does the Zoltan after getting first career hit

Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole, the #1 overall pick from the 2011 draft, made his MLB debut on Tuesday night against the San Francisco Giants.  He stepped up for his first career at bat with the bases loaded and managed to knock in two runs off a single.  After reaching base, he threw up a Zoltan as his family went nuts.  Cole would go on to get the win with 6 1/3 innings...

2013 Fantasy Baseball Rookie Report, Week 11: Cole cruises in debut

Gerrit Cole, Pittsburgh’s top prospect and’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;...

Gerrit Cole And The Star Power Of Top Prospects

Highly-touted prospect Gerrit Cole made his major-league debut for the Pirates on Tuesday night.  The 22-year-old right handed pitcher was the first overall pick in the 2011 amateur draft. Heading into this season, Baseball America ranked Cole as No. 7 on the list of top 100 prospects. Even with the Pirates in contention in the National League Central — or perhaps because of it...

Gerrit Cole's second start

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...

Gerrit Cole ready to shine for Pirates

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's George Von Benko that he hopes to be a big contributor for the Pirates in their race in the National League Central division.

The Friday Infodump

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...

Who Could Start For the Pirates on Saturday?

Could we finally see Andy Oliver on Saturday? Now it’s time for what seems like a weekly feature on the site: “Who could start for the Pirates on (Insert Day) with the recent injury to (Insert Pitcher Who is Injured)”. Today we fill in those blanks with Saturday, and A.J. Burnett. Burnett will miss his next start with a calf injury, causing Jeff Locke to move up a day to...

First Pitch: Five Popular Prospects and When They Might Be Promoted

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...

Game 69 Preview: Pirates vs. Dodgers

Dodgers (29-38) at Pirates (40-28) 1:35 PM–PNC Park, Pittsburgh Gameday TV: ROOT, TBS The Bucs and Dodgers battle in a rubber match this afternoon on a rainy Father’s Day in Pittsburgh. Pregame news: 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...

First Pitch: The Important Lower Tiers in the Prospect Rankings

For the last few years we’ve been hearing the same thing over and over about the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system. They’re very top-heavy, but the system lacks depth. It was never clear what that meant. Did it mean they didn’t have guys in the upper levels who could take over in the majors in the next year or two? If so, then I think the 2013 season is proving that theory...

On the Beat: Not a Giant Worry by John Perrotto

The Giants` rotation might not be as dominant as usual, but the team is still confident in its chances for October. Our beat man also checks in on Brandon McCarthy, Bryce Harper, Gerrit Cole, with scouts, and weighs in on Kirk Gibson vs. Mark McGwire.
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