Arizona Fall League

AFL Recap 10/14: Gerrit Cole’s Debut

AFL Recap 10/14: Gerrit Cole’s Debut

Cole made his AFL debut today.

Gerrit Cole, the first overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, made his Arizona Fall League debut this afternoon against the Surprise Saguaros.   Cole started off strong, with two shutout innings, but fell apart in the third, finishing with three runs allowed on three hits in 2.1 innings, along with a walk and two strikeouts.

Cole started off the game with three ground outs in the first inning.  He ranged from 93-100 MPH with his fastball, hitting 100 twice, 99 once, and ranging 89-90 with his slider, per Keith Law.  Cole gave up a single to lead off the second inning, but followed that up with two strikeouts, and a ground out to end the inning.

He ran in to trouble in the third.  After getting the leadoff hitter to ground out, Cole gave up a single to Tyler Bortnick.  Bortnick stole second base, then Cole issued a walk to put runners on first and second.  The next batter, Tim Beckham - the first overall pick in the 2008 draft -...

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