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The Book on Gerrit Cole

The Book on Gerrit Cole

Gerrit Cole makes his Pirates debut tonight.

The top prospect in the system, Gerrit Cole, is making his major league debut tonight against the San Francisco Giants. I'm not sure how many people need an introduction to Cole's stuff. He's been the top prospect in the system for the last two years, and I've written about his stuff countless times. Plus, you all can just turn to page 16 of your Prospect Guides to get a full page summary of what Cole is capable of. You do have a Prospect Guide, right?

I started this feature when Phil Irwin was promoted earlier in the year. Irwin struggled with his command, didn't have the best results, and has only made one appearance since, and has been diagnosed with inflammation of his ulnar nerve. If things go wrong with Cole tonight, I'm guessing Pirates fans will join as one to burn this website to the ground, if that's a thing that you can do to a web site. But it will all be worth it, because the one person who doesn't know what kind of stuff ...

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