AFL Recap 10/14: Gerrit Cole’s Debut

Gerrit Cole, the first overall pick in the 2011 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, made his Arizona Fall League debut this afternoon against the Surprise Saguaros.   Cole started off strong, with two shutout innings, but fell apart in the third, finishing with three runs allowed on three hits in 2.1 innings, along with a walk and two strikeouts. Cole started off the game with three ground outs in the first inning.  He ranged from 93-100...

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Gerrit Cole Makes His AFL Debut Tomorrow

Jonathan Mayo reports that Gerrit Cole will make his Arizona Fall League debut Friday for the Mesa Solar Sox.  The Pittsburgh Pirates held Cole back in the instructional leagues to make a few more starts before sending him to the AFL.  He arrived in Arizona earlier this week, and is listed as the probable starter for tomorrow’s game.

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Arizona Fall League Begins Today

The 2011 Arizona Fall League begins today, with the Mesa Solar Sox playing their first game at 12:35 PM MST (3:35 PM EST).  The Pittsburgh Pirates have seven players on the Solar Sox this year.  Jarek Cunningham, Brock Holt, and Robbie Grossman will represent the Pirates on the offensive side of the game, while Gerrit Cole, Nathan Baker, Michael Colla, and Phil Irwin will all join the Mesa pitching staff. The AFL is mostly filled with...

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Gerrit Cole Video From Pirate City

Gerrit Cole was throwing a bullpen session here at Pirate City, under the instruction of Jim Benedict.  I caught the last few pitches on camera.  My favorite part is the second pitch in the video.  Cole goes for an inside fastball to a left hander and drills the batting dummy.  Jim Benedict’s reaction can be heard: “That’s my favorite...

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Gerrit Cole’s Instructional League Debut

Yesterday Gerrit Cole made his instructional league debut, which was also his pro debut.  I didn’t get a chance to see the outing live, as I was driving down to Florida at the time.  However, I did receive a few reports on the outing today, including some thoughts from Cole himself. Cole ended up throwing four shutout innings, allowing one hit, one walk, and striking out seven.  Cole was working around 98-99 MPH, and added...

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