Gerrit Cole is officially scheduled to take the mound in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Top Pirates pitching prospect Gerrit Cole will make his Major League debut Tuesday Night at PNC Park. Cole and the Bucs will face pitcher Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants in the first game of the homestand.
Cole was drafted by Pittsburgh with the number one overall pick in the 2011 draft out of UCLA. In his first professional season last year, Cole made 26 starts among the Pirates' High-A, Double-A and Triple-A teams. The right-hander collected a 2.80 ERA, 136 strikeouts and 45 walks over 132 innings, mostly between Bradenton and Altoona.
He entered this year as Baseball America's No. 7 overall prospect and MLB.com's No. 9 prospect, both the highest ranking in the Pirates system. Cole earned a...
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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.