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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 pre-season rankings, and links to each prospect writeup can be found by clicking the player names below. Players who weren’t in the original top 20 are linked to their player page on the site.
1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Indianapolis (5-3, 2.91) – In Majors
2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 3.65) - DNP
3. Gregory Polanco, CF, Bradenton (.313) - DNP
4. Alen Hanson, SS, Bradenton (.278) - DNP
5. Luis Heredia, RHP, Extended Spring Training (UPDATE: Where Will Heredia Start the Year?)
6. Josh Bell, RF, West Virginia (.286) – 4-for-6, 2 2B, 2 BB
7. Barrett Barnes, CF, West Virginia (.212) – 2-for-7, BB, SB
8. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, West Virginia (3-1, 2.92) - DNP
9. Kyle McPherson...
BEST OF MAXIM
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
At some point, I stopped counting Gerrit Cole's standing ovations Tuesday night.
One was for taking the mound at PNC Park to throw his warm-up pitches , as if every Pittsburgh Pirates fan wanted the former No. 1 overall draft pick to feel their embrace, their hope, maybe a little of their anxiety.
One was for wiggling out of a first-inning jam, to the extent that burrowing...
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...
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...
If you think Pittsburgh Pirates fans were eagerly anticipating Gerrit Cole's major league debut Tuesday night, imagine how Amy Crawford must have felt.
Amy Crawford is Cole's girlfriend ... and the sister of San Francisco Giants shortstop Brandon Crawford, who started and batted seventh against him.
Couldn't be more excited for Tuesday. @ pirates @ sfgiants #myboys...
PITTSBURGH (AP) -- Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole quickly made a neat impression in his major league debut.
The overall No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft struck out the first hitter he faced Tuesday night, fanning San Francisco's Gregor Blanco with three straight 96 mph fastballs.
In his first plate appearance in the bottom of the second inning, Cole lined a two-run single with the...
On Sunday, we were worried that the Pirates' offense was never going to wake up. On Tuesday, the Pirates scored eight runs. On Wednesday, the exploded for 12 runs and 18 hits. Those 18 hits were a result of multi hit nights from Starling Marte (four singles), Jordy Mercer (three singles), Andrew McCutchen (a double and two singles), Gaby Sanchez (a double and two singles), and...
The Bucs broke out the bats to neutralize a pretty ugly night of pitching on Tuesday, and the result was another comfortable victory against the Giants.
We finally saw the Pirates really explode on offense – they pounded a season high 18 hits and scored a season high 12 runs. Barry Zito was bad (as he has been all season on the road), but the Pirates were able to take full advantage...
Pirates top prospect and former 2011 1st-overall pick Gerrit Cole debuts tonight against the San Francisco Giants. This is big. Despite the recent, shall we say, lack of success, Gerrit follows only two Pirates 1st-overall picks in the last 15 years. The notorious Bryan Bullington, and Anna Benson's husband Kris.
Coincidentally, Gerrit shares more than just that top overall...
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,…