It's a question I get asked daily. Several times a day, even. When will Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon move up to Altoona?

Both starters are putting up strong numbers in Bradenton this year. Cole has a 3.18 ERA in 34 innings, with some dominant secondary numbers, including a 10.3 K/9 and a 2.9 BB/9 ratio. Taillon has a 1.47 ERA in 36.2 innings, with an 8.8 K/9 and a 1.7 BB/9 ratio.

The answer to the question of when they move up isn't fully based on their numbers. Each player will move up when they've finished working on what they've been working on at the level.

For Gerrit Cole, the focus is on fastball command. Cole isn't seeing the same focus as incoming prep pitchers, but focusing on the fastball is important, even for the first overall pick in the 2011 draft. In the last thr...

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