Comments on: Gerrit Cole Ranks Third on the Eastern League Top 20 http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/gerrit-cole-ranks-third-on-the-eastern-league-top-20.html Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Sat, 15 Nov 2014 13:20:00 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 By: Ian Rothermund http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/gerrit-cole-ranks-third-on-the-eastern-league-top-20.html#comment-21316 Thu, 11 Oct 2012 14:12:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42985#comment-21316 I think they should make a risky type move and just start the season with him on the roster. At this point, it just seems like he would struggle in the way that many pitchers do; location and keeping the ball down. If he does those things, with his stuff, he’ll dominate. Even a guy in low-A can pound a fastball over the middle of the plate or a hanging breaking ball. It doesn’t seem like he needs to “learn” how to pitch in the way that Taillon did this year.

Speaking of which, if he really put it together at the end of the year like they said he did, he could really tear it up this year. Very happy to see the 2-seamer come back. There shouldn’t be a professional pitcher that doesn’t know how to throw an arm-side runner. It’s not even as if it puts extra strain on the elbow like a cutter…just a fastball that you hold differently. It baffles me how people over complicate that pitch…I mean if you want to add a little index finger pressure, maybe move the thumb out, or drop the arm slot, that’s cool, but usually you don’t even need that in order to show a difference from the 4-seam.

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By: Lee Young http://www.piratesprospects.com/2012/10/gerrit-cole-ranks-third-on-the-eastern-league-top-20.html#comment-21281 Wed, 10 Oct 2012 19:58:00 +0000 http://www.piratesprospects.com/?p=42985#comment-21281 If Cole becomes a top starter for us, it won’t matter if he was 3rd or 10th. Lol

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