It was a big day at Pirate City today. Gerrit Cole took the mound, and was easily the top draw at camp. A crowd of about 25 fans gathered to watch the 2.5 inning intrasquad game, mostly focusing on Cole. The right-hander was topping out at 98 MPH, and flashing a 91 MPH slider. He recorded at least four strikeouts in his three innings of work, and that's mostly because I'm only counting the four he had in the first and third innings, as I was getting photos and video during his second inning of work.
There was also another draw today at Pirate City. Clayton Holmes and Jake Burnette were making their Spring debuts in game situations. Perhaps you've heard of them.
Holmes received a fairly large bonus in the ninth round of the 2011 draft. By fairly large, I mean a record-setting $1.2 M. He's a 6' 5", 230 pound right-hander who has thrown 90-93 MPH in the past, and was touching the low 90s with his fastball today.
Burnette was taken in the seventh round of the 2011 draft. His $550 K bonu...
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