Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon Named FSL All-Stars

Gerrit Cole was named to the FSL All-Star game. Image Credit: Pittsburgh Pirates

Pittsburgh Pirates pitching prospects Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon were named to the Florida State League mid-season All-Star team today. The game will take place in Port Charlotte, Florida on Saturday, June 16.

Cole has a 2.47 ERA in 51 innings pitched this year, with a 50:15 K/BB ratio. He’s been on a hot streak lately, with a 1.32 ERA and a 27:9 K/BB ratio in 34 innings over his last six starts. That ERA ranks eighth in all of minor league baseball over that time frame. Coming into today, Cole ranks fifth in the Florida State League in ERA, second in WHIP (1.04), first among starting pitchers in batting average against (.208) and third in fewest baserunners per 9.0 innings pitched (9.71).

Taillon has a 3.29 ERA in 52 innings, with a 48:15 K/BB ratio. He’s only had two starts this season where he’s given up more than two earned runs, with those starts coming in two of his last three outings. He has the second-lowest batting average against (.214) among Florida State League starting pitchers, and enters today tied for 10th in the Florida State League in strikeouts and fifth among the league’s starting pitchers in fewest baserunners per 9.0 innings pitched (10.21) and WHIP (1.08).

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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 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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