On a night when I got to see Gerrit Cole pitch for the first time in person, the Pirates top prospect did not disappoint. Cole threw six shutout innings tonight against the Trenton Thunder, allowing just three hits and a walk, while striking out six batters. It was, off the top of my head, the most impressive outing I've seen in person from a Pirates pitcher.

Cole proved why he is the Pirates top prospect tonight

In the first inning, Cole set the side down in order, picking up a strikeout along the way. There were three hard hit balls off him all night. The first one was to the first batter he faced, as Trenton's Jose Pirela lined out to center field to start the bottom of the first. After a strikeout, Cole got a weak groundout to end the inning.

The second inning started and ende...

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