Minor League Schedule: 7/14/12

Top prospect Gerrit Cole, will make his first start in 12 days due to the Eastern League All-Star break and his one inning appearance in the Futures Game. Bradenton was rained out yesterday. They will play a doubleheader today consisting of two 7-inning games. No starter for game two of the doubleheader has been announced yet. ** Jameson Taillon is now listed as the game one starter, Benedict game two** The two DSL affiliates have off...

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Keith Law Has Three Pirates in His Mid-Season Top 50

Keith Law has released his mid-season top 50 prospect list for ESPN Insider subscribers. The list features three Pittsburgh Pirates prospects: Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, and Alen Hanson. Cole is the top prospect for the Pirates, coming in at number seven overall. He’s up three spots from his pre-season ranking at number ten. Law mentions that “there’s no starter in the minors with a better pure repertoire”....

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Prospect Notebook: Cole Reflects on Futures Game, Colla Incorporates Long Toss

Gerrit Cole has always been a starter, so when he was asked to warm up in the bullpen in the first inning of the MLB Futures game on Sunday, it was a little strange for the right-hander. “It was weird,” Cole said. “I think it was weird for everybody. We had 10 starters and I don’t think anybody knew what to do. I was up and down twice. It was just awkward. It’s an exhibition game, you just go out there and really...

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Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon Futures Game Results

Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon both pitched in the MLB Futures Game this afternoon, both throwing an inning. Cole gave up two runs on a walk and a two run homer, while striking out two. Taillon gave up a run on two doubles. Here is a detailed report of how each pitcher threw.   Gerrit Cole Gerrit Cole got off to a good start in the second inning. He got his first batter to strike out on four pitches, with the last pitch being a...

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Four Pirates Prospects in Baseball America Mid-Season Top 50

Baseball America has released their mid-season top 50 prospects rankings (scouting reports for subscribers here), and the Pittsburgh Pirates have four prospects on the list. That’s an upgrade over their pre-season total of two prospects in the top 50. The highest ranked Pirate is Gerrit Cole, who comes in at number six. Cole entered the season ranked 12th overall. Cole is the fourth best pitching prospect on the list. The top...

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