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First Pitch: Is It Time For Cole to Move Up?

First Pitch: Is It Time For Cole to Move Up?

On Tuesday, Gerrit Cole had his latest strong start, giving up one earned run in six innings, with four strikeouts and two walks. One the season Cole has a 2.47 ERA in 51 innings, with a 50:15 K/BB ratio.

I tweeted the question of whether Cole should be moved up yesterday, which was a completely stupid thing for me to do. There's no way Pirates fans are going to say "no" to that. I've been getting the "When will Cole move up" question all year.

One comment I frequently get is that the Pirates are slow to promote players. I addressed this a few weeks ago, pointing out that the Pirates are actually pretty aggressive with player promotions, and stick to the industry norm with player promotions.

Gerrit Cole is always going to be compared to his UCLA teammate Trevor Bauer, who was recently promoted from Double-A to Triple-A. But Bauer is the exception. As I pointed out in my last article, it's not uncommon for a college pitcher to spend some time in high-A. Brian Matusz spent 66.2 inning...

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