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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Gerrit Cole to the AFL

The Pittsburgh Pirates announced today that right handed pitcher Gerrit Cole will be pitching in the Arizona Fall League this off-season.  As I noted the other day, Cole was a strong candidate to attend the AFL.  He was listed as attending on the instructional league rosters, but no official announcement had been made. Cole signed at the deadline, while his UCLA teammate, Trevor Bauer, signed earlier in the process and pitched 25.2...

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The Odds of a Super Rotation in Pittsburgh

In the last year, the Pittsburgh Pirates have added four pitchers with top of the rotation stuff.  On August 16th, 2010, they signed their top two picks from the 2010 draft, adding Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie to the mix.  A few days later, they signed top Mexican pitching prospect Luis Heredia.  Two days ago, the Pirates signed the first overall pick from the 2011 draft, Gerrit Cole, giving them yet another player who has the...

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