Gerrit Cole was sitting 96-97 MPH today.

Today was a short day in Pirate City, and a pretty quiet day overall considering the Major League team was off. The minor leaguers had a short practice, and closed out the day with two short intrasquad games. One game featured Jake Burnette and Isaac Sanchez pitching, and only lasted two innings. The other featured Gerrit Cole going up against Clayton Holmes. Holmes also pitched two innings, like Burnette and Sanchez. Cole was the only pitcher to go three innings.

The 2011 first overall pick had impressive stuff today. His fastball was 95-98 MPH, mostly sitting in the 96-97 range. He flashed a nasty 89-91 MPH slider, getting two strikeouts on the pitch in the first inning. He also featured a few other pitches that were impressive, such as a tw...

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