Gerrit Cole was named to Baseball America's All-Rookie team. (Photo Credit: David Hague)
Baseball America released their All-Rookie team for the 2013 season, and Gerrit Cole was named as one of the top five starters. That's not a surprise, as Cole was fantastic in his rookie campaign, especially during the month of September when he started looking like an ace. The other four starters were Jose Fernandez, Shelby Miller, Hyun-Jin Ryu, and Julio Teheran.
BA noted that Cole's average velocity of 95.5 MPH ranked second of all rookie starters with 50+ innings. They also noted that his performance with the Pirates, especially his 3.57 K/BB ratio, was the best of his pro career.
A big reason for that is probably that the Pirates have a different focus in the minors than they do in the majors. The minors is all about development, specifically focusing on fastball command. Cole probably could have had some dominant numbers in the minors by using his slider more often. However, the focu...
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