One scout in the AFL said that Cole's fastball is better than Stephen Strasburg's.
Most of the hype coming out of the Arizona Fall League for Pittsburgh Pirates prospects has been dominated by Robbie Grossman. The outfield prospect is either leading, or is in the top five of every offensive category, posting a .375/.474/.615 line in 96 at-bats. However, the latest talk has been focused on Gerrit Cole, who is also impressing scouts in the AFL.
Danny Knobler of CBS Sports has a very positive update on Cole, quoting a scout as saying that Cole's fastball was better than Stephen Strasburg's. The scout, who was not in the Pirates' organization, also mentioned that Cole's fastball was as live as he had seen, dating back to Nolan Ryan, and that Cole could have gotten major league hitters out on that day.
We heard a lot of Cole/Strasburg comparisons earlier in the year, mostly coming from Keith Law. The basis of those comparisons seemed to be fastball related, with Cole hi...
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