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Prospect Highlights: Gerrit Cole Strikeout, Andrew Lambo Triple

Prospect Highlights: Gerrit Cole Strikeout, Andrew Lambo Triple
John Dreker

Gerrit Cole threw six shutout innings on Sunday, retiring 18 of the 19 batters he faced in his third rehab start. He needed just 73 pitches to get through his outing, 49 went for strikes. Here, he picks up his third strikeout of the day. You’ll notice the pitch speeds are shown at the top corner of the screen.

Andrew Lambo went the other way on this two-run triple from Saturday night. He now has a .341/.407/.547 slash line through 47 games at Indianapolis. His .955 OPS is 22 points higher than what he put up in AAA last year during his breakout season. With the Indianapolis season ending on September 1st and a recent slide pushing them from first place down to 4.5 games back in the standings, Lambo should be with the Pirates no later than September 2nd, providing them with a strong lefty bat off the bench.

Catcher Elias Diaz smoked the ball the other way on this sacrifice fly from Saturday night. He has hit in 14 straight games, helping him to a .324/.370/.442 slash line through 89 games this year. Diaz is batting .436 during the streak, with eight extra-base hits.

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John Dreker

John was born in Kearny, NJ, hometown of the 2B for the Pirates 1909 World Championship team, Dots Miller. In fact they have some of the same relatives in common, so it was only natural for him to become a lifelong Pirates fan. Before joining Pirates Prospects in July 2010, John had written numerous articles on the history of baseball while also releasing his own book and co-authoring another on the history of the game. He writes a weekly article on Pirates history for the site, has already interviewed many of the current minor leaguers with many more on the way and follows the foreign minor league teams very closely for the site. John also provides in person game reports of the West Virginia Power and Altoona Curve.

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