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First Pitch: Will Cole and Taillon Make the Majors in 2013?

First Pitch: Will Cole and Taillon Make the Majors in 2013?

The Pirates have pushed Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon at the end of the season. Taillon received a promotion to Double-A for his final three starts, after having an up and down year in Bradenton. Cole was sent to Indianapolis for his final start of the year, and for some playoff experience, despite dealing with some control issues in his final two starts in Double-A.

Taillon handled his starts at the next level very well. In his three appearances he combined for a 1.59 ERA in 17 innings, with an 18:1 K/BB ratio, and just a .183 BAA. Those are the numbers you'd expect to see from a top pitching prospect like Taillon.

Cole got off to a rough start in his first appearance in Triple-A. He gave up three runs on four hits in the first inning, then settled down to pitch five shutout innings, giving up two hits and striking out six during those innings. He didn't see the walk issues that led to ten walks in the final two starts with Altoona, instead giving up one walk in six innings tonigh...

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