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Gerrit Cole Could Make Major League Debut on Tuesday

Gerrit Cole Could Make Major League Debut on Tuesday

Cole might be on the mound at PNC Park on Tuesday.

Pirates' top pitching prospect Gerrit Cole could start Tuesday night at PNC Park, according to the beat writers for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Cole started the year as the No. 7 overall prospect in the minor leagues, according to Baseball America. In his first full season for Triple-A Indianapolis, Cole has posted a 2.91 ERA, 47 strikeouts and 28 walks in 68 innings. In each of his last two starts, Cole pitched seven scoreless innings and allowed four baserunners or fewer.

Rob Biertempfel seems to consider Cole the favorite to start Tuesday with an open spot in the Pirates' rotation.

https://twitter.com/BiertempfelTrib/status/343040908503154688

Michael Sanserino, on the other hand, is pushing ...

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