Prospect Watch: Cole Has Trouble in Trenton

TOP OF THE SYSTEM A look at how the current top 20 prospects did today.  Note that this list doesn’t include players currently in the majors. Rankings are from the post trade deadline update. 1. Gerrit Cole, RHP, Altoona (3-5, 3.25) - 4.2 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 4 BB, 4 SO, 0 HR 2. Jameson Taillon, RHP, Altoona (1-0, 0.00) - DNP 3. Luis Heredia, RHP, State College (2-1, 2.28) - DNP 4. Alen Hanson, SS, West Virginia (.315) - 2-for-5,...

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Gerrit Cole Has Shaky Start in Trenton

One day after Jameson Taillon made his Double-A debut, fellow top prospect Gerrit Cole took the mound against the Trenton Thunder. Cole had previously dominated Trenton, with 11.1 shutout innings in two starts, striking out 12 in that stretch. Today he ran in to trouble early against the Thunder lineup. Cole labored in the first inning, giving up two runs on three hits and one walk, before escaping the inning with a strikeout. He...

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Minor League Schedule: 8/22/12

Top prospect Gerrit Cole gets the start for Altoona today. His 24th start this season. Bradenton is 2 games back in their division, with 12 games left. West Virginia is a 1.5 games out in their division, with 12 games left on the season. Indianapolis has a ten game lead in their division with 13 games left to their schedule.  The GCL Pirates and both DSL affiliates have four games left in their regular season. The GCL Pirates are one...

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Top Pirates Minor League Pitching Performances: Week Ending 8/19

Below are the top ten pitching Game Scores* in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ farm system from the last week. The rankings include every pitcher who made a start for a Pirates’ minor league affiliate, not including DSL teams, and with no limitations on whether the starting pitcher has prospect eligibility. *Game Score is a stat created by Bill James used to determine how good a pitcher’s outing really was. The formula for...

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Gerrit Cole Leads Baseball America’s Prospect Hot Sheet

It’s a big day for the top pitching prospects in the system. On the same day that Jameson Taillon was promoted to Altoona, Gerrit Cole ranked number one on this week’s Baseball America Prospect Hot Sheet. Cole got the top spot for his two starts over the last week, combining for a 0.79 ERA in 11.1 innings, with a 15:3 K/BB ratio. Last night he struck out nine batters in six innings, which was a career high for the 2011...

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