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Prospects Soaking up First Big League Camp

Prospects Soaking up First Big League Camp

BRADENTON -- For Gerrit Cole, Robbie Grossman, Matt Hague and Jordy Mercer, getting the opportunity to put on their Major League uniforms at Pirate City is a new experience -- it's their first big league camp.

The past two weeks the young prospects have been suiting up in the clubhouse for their first Spring Training workouts with the Major Leaguers.

"It’s been great just putting on the big league uniform everyday, being around a lot of these guys and just soaking up everything I can learn from them," Pirates Minor League Player-of-the-Year Robbie Grossman said.

Cole was given a non-roster invite to Spring Training after making his professional debut in the Arizona Fall League this offseason. Drafted by Pittsburgh in the first round (No. 1 overall) in 2011 draft, the 21-year-old right-hander allowed five earned runs on 10 hits over 15.0 innings (five starts) with four walks and 16 strikeouts with the Mesa Solar Sox.

"It’s a lot of fun," Cole said. "It’s my first spring trai...

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