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Comparing Gerrit Cole in 2012 to David Price in 2008

Comparing Gerrit Cole in 2012 to David Price in 2008

Should the Pirates call up Gerrit Cole in September?

In 2008, the Tampa Bay Rays had a surprising season, much like the Pittsburgh Pirates are having in 2012. The Rays went from worst to first, winning the highly competitive AL East in the process. Along the way they promoted top prospect David Price, who was taken with the first overall pick one year earlier. Fast forward to 2012 and the Pirates are in a similar situation. They didn't go worst to first, but they're surprisingly contenders. They also have a top pitching prospect taken with the first overall pick the year before. And that has led to questions on whether the Pirates will, or should, call up Gerrit Cole in September.

To look in to whether they should go that route, let's compare Price in 2008 to Cole in 2012.
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