Analysis

Gerrit Cole Does it Himself in Debut with Quality Start, Two RBI

Gerrit Cole Does it Himself in Debut with Quality Start, Two RBI

Gerrit Cole exits to an ovation. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

Gerrit Cole steps into the box for his first Major League at-bat with the bases loaded. Two-time Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum is 60 feet, 6 inches away. After two straight strikes, Cole lays off three pitches out of the zone. Then Lincecum throws a fastball at Cole's elbows.

Cole taps his left foot and smacks the pitch into the gap in right-center. If Gregor Blanco does not cut it off, it's a bases-clearing double. Instead, Cole's first base hit since his days for the Orange Lutheran High School Lancers is a two-run single to put his new team ahead for good in an 8-2 win Tuesday night.

Gerrit Cole drew three straight balls, then drove in two runs. (Photo Credit: David Hague)

"I just got lucky, you guys," Cole said. "I...

This content is for Pirates Prospects subscribers only. Subscribers get access to all of our daily articles on the Pirates and their minor league system, with live coverage throughout the system on a daily basis. Our lowest rates are $2.22 per month under our Top Prospect Plan, which also gets you a 40% discount on the 2017 Prospect Guide. Subscribe today to access all of our daily coverage of the Pirates' system.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.

Analysis

James dabbles in the baseballey-writey world. He won the SABR Analytics Conference Research Award for contemporary baseball analysis. It was for that defensive shifts piece, you remember that? Not a huge deal, he also lost a bunch of other awards. He has also written for NBCOlympics.com, Pittsburgh Magazine, Pittsburgh Sports Report and the official websites of the Los Angeles Clippers and Pittsburgh Penguins. By night, James is a television news reporter and weekend anchor for WKBN and WYTV in Youngstown, Ohio. Makes sense, seeing as how his degree from the University of Southern California is in Broadcast Journalism. James dispenses more bad jokes at his Twitter account, @JamesSantelli. It's there that he promises to write in the first-person.

More in Analysis

Pirates Notebook: The Makeup of the Bench, Health of the Catchers, Early Camp Notes

Tim WilliamsFebruary 19, 2017

Alen Hanson’s First and Last Shot With the Pirates

Tim WilliamsFebruary 18, 2017

The Pirates Finally Made the Right Call For Their Outfield Alignment

Tim WilliamsFebruary 17, 2017

Tyler Glasnow Has a New Changeup: “The Scott Mitchell Special”

Tim WilliamsFebruary 16, 2017

The Pirates Bullpen Could Dominate in 2017 and Beyond

Tim WilliamsFebruary 15, 2017

Breaking Down the Depth in the Pirates’ 2017 Rotation

Tim WilliamsFebruary 14, 2017

Pirates Prospects is an independent media outlet, and is in no way affiliated with the Pittsburgh Pirates, their minor league affiliates, Major League Baseball, or Minor League Baseball.

Copyright © 2016 Pirates Prospects