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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Pirates Playoff Odds: Downturn After Losing Road Trip

After a 2-4 road trip, things look just a little bleaker for the Pirates. Every Monday, l break down the playoff odds from Baseball Prospectus, FanGraphs and ClayDavenport.com. This week, those projections dropped a little bit because the Bucs were swept in Atlanta and could not close their own sweep to even it up in Chicago. Let’s look first at the standings as they sit on June 10. National League Central St. Louis: 41-22...

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DSL Prospect Watch: Both Affiliates Put Up Ten Runs Each

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 10, Marlins 2 Starting Pitcher: Dan Urbina, RHP (1-0, 4.66) – 5.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K, 0 HR Top Hitter: Tito Polo, LF (.375) – 3-for-4, 2B, RBI Other Notable...

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Gerrit Cole Will Start for Pirates 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....

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