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Gerrit Cole Has Lots of Weapons, But Which One Will He Focus On?

Gerrit Cole Has Lots of Weapons, But Which One Will He Focus On?

Gerrit Cole has a 3.00 ERA in 99 innings this year, with a 101:29 K/BB ratio.

If you look at Gerrit Cole's numbers since being promoted to Double-A Altoona in June, you'd likely be disappointed from the Pittsburgh Pirates No.1 overall pick in last years draft. Heading in to his start last night, he sported a 4.85 ERA over six starts and a .290 opposing batting average against. His outing last night was much better, with six strikeouts in six shutout innings. If you dig a little deeper, Cole hasn't been pitching as his numbers suggest in his other starts.

"He’s had trouble making mistakes at certain times, as far as walking a guy down in the order here and there," Pitching coach Jeff Johnson said. "Last start [July 25th] it was that case. The process with Gerrit is, and what I’m most happy about is how he’s throwing the ball. The how is there. If things have fell into place, he would start to show results. I’m very confident."

Cole is working on an approach with the Curve's pit...

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