Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon to Participate in Futures Game

The Pittsburgh Pirates will send two players to the 2012 Futures Game, held during All-Star weekend. Top pitching prospects Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon have both been selected to pitch for Team USA in the event on July 8th in Kansas City. They will be joined by Indianapolis Indians’ pitching coach Tom Filer.

Cole was recently promoted to Altoona, after putting up a 2.55 ERA in 67 innings, with a 69:21 K/BB ratio in high-A. He made his debut last night, giving up two runs on five hits in five innings, with six strikeouts and no walks.

Taillon is currently in Bradenton with a 4.10 ERA in 74.2 innings over 14 starts. The right-hander has a 67:20 K/BB ratio during that span. He started off hot early in the year, before going on a slump that lasted six starts. His most recent start on Tuesday was much better, with seven shutout innings, allowing one hit.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=72405411 Ian Rothermund

    I think it would be awesome if they both got in the game and pitched back to back. Sort of a, “this is what the Pirates are working with,” sort of thing

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_46YTB5OO4O7UM2OVB44UZSTXNA Nate

    No Marte?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=72405411 Ian Rothermund

      He’s probably either too old or just not doing well enough this year. Idk, they seem to have guys that are mostly between A and AA, and aren’t likely to debut in the same year. I’m not sure if there are actually rules like that, but thats just the way it seems every year.

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