Gerrit Cole struck out seven in four innings during his pro debut.

Gerrit Cole, the first overall pick in the 2011 draft, made his pro debut tonight for the Bradenton Marauders. The start was everything you'd want to see from the top pitching prospect. He went four innings, allowing one run on four hits, with a walk and seven strikeouts. Cole finished with an unofficial 63 pitches, Pirates Prospects has learned, which is similar to his final Spring Training start, which saw him throw 65 pitches.

The right-hander led off his career by giving up a double. He followed that with two strikeouts and a ground out to first base to get out of the inning. Cole's second frame started off in the same way, with a leadoff double. After a ground out, Cole gave up an RBI single for his only run of t...

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