Gerrit Cole Strikes Out Seven in Pro Debut

Gerrit Cole struck out seven in four innings during his pro debut.

Gerrit Cole, the first overall pick in the 2011 draft, made his pro debut tonight for the Bradenton Marauders. The start was everything you’d want to see from the top pitching prospect. He went four innings, allowing one run on four hits, with a walk and seven strikeouts. Cole finished with an unofficial 63 pitches, Pirates Prospects has learned, which is similar to his final Spring Training start, which saw him throw 65 pitches.

The right-hander led off his career by giving up a double. He followed that with two strikeouts and a ground out to first base to get out of the inning. Cole’s second frame started off in the same way, with a leadoff double. After a ground out, Cole gave up an RBI single for his only run of the day. Another strikeout and another ground out got him out of the inning.

Cole led off the third with a walk, then followed it up with a ground out and two more strikeouts. His final inning saw two more strikeouts, and another ground out. He also gave up his third double of the game, and allowed the runner to advance to third on a wild pitch before striking out the final two batters.

Cole’s fastball was hitting 97 MPH on several occasions, and he also flashed a 91 MPH changeup for one of the strikeouts. Of his 12 outs, seven were strikeouts and the other five were ground outs.

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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