DSL Prospect Watch: Pirates Down Yankees, Polo Keeps Hitting

For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day.  PIRATES1  Box Score Result: Pirates 9, Angels 5 Starting Pitcher: Miguel Ferreras, RHP (0-1, 4.91) – 4.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 6 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Tito Polo, CF (.424) – 3-for-5, 3B, RBI Other Notable...

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

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....

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Charlie Morton to Start Thursday, Wandy Rodriguez on Disabled List

Right-handed pitcher Charlie Morton is set to start Thursday for the Pirates, one year to the day before his Tommy John surgery. While returning to the Majors 12 months after the reconstructive elbow procedure is a relatively quick recovery time, Morton has been itching to get back for a while. “I was on pace to be back a little bit quicker than I was, so I was disappointed at the same time,” Morton said. “I’m...

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The Book on Gerrit Cole

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...

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DSL Prospect Watch: Runs Hard To Come By As Pirates Lose Twice

For a season preview of the Pittsburgh Pirates two Dominican Summer League teams, check out our article here. Throughout the year, we will provide the recaps of both teams, as well as highlight one player each day.  PIRATES1  Box Score Result: Marlins 6, Pirates 1 Starting Pitcher: Jandy Vasquez, RHP (0-1, 11.57) – 4.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 2 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Tito Polo, LF (.393) – 2-for-4 Other Notable Performers:...

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What Should We Expect From Gerrit Cole?

Player comparisons can give fans a lot to dream on. One popular comparison for Pirates’ top pitching prospect Gerrit Cole has been Justin Verlander. It’s easy to understand because there are plenty of similarities. Cole is 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, was the No. 1 overall draft pick with an $8 million bonus and became a Baseball America top 10 prospect with a fastball in the high-90s. Verlander is 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, was the...

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