Today was my first day covering the Fall Instructional Leagues this year. It turned out to be a good day to be at Pirate City, as top prospect Gerrit Cole was on the mound. Cole was going up against the Philadelphia farm system, and ended up throwing five innings of shutout ball.
I was bouncing back and forth between the two fields, so I didn't see every pitch Cole threw. I did see four strikeouts, with a few coming on the slider. His fastball was in the usual range, starting in the 96 MPH range, and moving up to the upper 90s as the start went on. He hit 99 MPH at least twice. Cole gave up a few hits, including a line drive right back to the mound to start off the game. The runner was erased when Elias Diaz gunned down a runner trying to steal second. Cole allowed two runners to reach third base in the start, both reaching with two outs, but he stranded them both.
On the opposite field, Jake Burnette, Adrian Sampson, and Joely Rodriguez combined for five innings while Cole was p...
Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.