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.

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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, 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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  • Ian Rothermund

    I feel like no one’s made a comment in the last week on here.

    Great job Cole.  Here’s to more of the same, as well as a higher pitch count, going into the future.

  • Steve

    Tim – Any insight on pitch selection?  Just curious as to what his mix was.  Also, is he still having some inconsistencies with location, specifically getting the ball low in the zone?

  • JupiterBucco

    I was at the game and here are a couple of observations: The doubles were all very well hit and to the deepest part of the park. In general, he was throwing what looked like a mix of two seam and 4 seam fastballs mixing in some off-speed stuff. At times he was dominant, particularly as in the 3rd & 4th innings. Drew Maggi had a very good night at the plate 3 for 4 and in the field, although he dove for a ball to his right that was the RBI single against Cole.

  • KingCobra15

    Awesome to see Cole have a strong debut. Taillon with 6 and Cole with 7 K’s in their debut really is nice to see.

  • Vince Riedy

    The future is bright and so far the present is pretty good.

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