Right handed pitcher Gerrit Cole pitched five innings today at Pirate City, going up against the Philadelphia Phillies' A-ball team. Cole gave up just one run on five hits, with the run coming in the first inning. The top prospect didn't issue a walk and struck out three.
Cole threw 65 pitches, with 45 going for strikes. His fastball speed ranged from 91-98, with his two-seam fastball being responsible for the lower half of that scale, and the four seam fastball touching the top part. He mostly sat around 95-96 MPH with his fastball, hitting 97 a few times.
He displayed his sharp slider, a few nice change-ups, including one that drew a strikeout, and his slurvey curveball. All of Cole's pitches have so much movement that it's hard to tell what he's throwing, even to the players who are charting pitches behind the plate. At one point he threw a change-up to get a strikeout and end the inning. There was debate over whether the pitch was a change, or a slider, because of how sharp o...
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