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First-rounder Cole Cut from Big League Camp

First-rounder Cole Cut from Big League Camp

CLEARWATER, Fla. -- Right-hander Gerrit Cole was reassigned to Minor League camp this morning. The 21-year-old, who was the first overall pick by Pittsburgh in the 2011 draft, had a non-roster invite to big league camp in his first spring training.

"I knew it was coming in the next couple of days," Cole said. "It was expected. It’s good to get down here [to minor-league camp] and get on a better regimented schedule."

Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington said the reason on why he was the first Bucco to be cut from camp was about innings.

"Really it’s about innings and getting a young man stretched out for a minor league season," Huntington said. "We’re just out of innings for him. We’ve got these other guys who are in a legitimate competition to make the club. We’re trying to weed through. Even those decisions are going to be difficult. You get nine innings a day and we want to make sure we’re keeping Gerrit on track, get him stretched out, get him down with his pitching coa...

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