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First Pitch: Mega Pitching Prospect Day

First Pitch: Mega Pitching Prospect Day

Today is probably the best possible lineup of pitchers in the minor league system you could possibly see in one day. Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, and Luis Heredia are all expected to start, with other top prospects like Rudy Owens and Zack Dodson scheduled to throw.

Cole, Taillon, and Heredia are the top three pitching prospects currently in the system. The only one not confirmed for today is Taillon. He was scheduled for yesterday, and Casey Sadler was originally scheduled for today. Since Sadler pitched last night, it would be expected that Taillon was moved to today.

Cole will be making his second start in Altoona. Taillon will hope to continue his strong performance from the last time out, which broke a streak of six poor starts. Heredia will be making his second start of the season for the Spikes after pitching four shutout innings in his debut.

Owens is currently the fourth best pitching prospect in the system. He's got a 2.38 ERA in 90.2 innings this year for Indianapolis, w...

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