Gerrit Cole has always been a starter, so when he was asked to warm up in the bullpen in the first inning of the MLB Futures game on Sunday, it was a little strange for the right-hander.

"It was weird," Cole said. "I think it was weird for everybody. We had 10 starters and I don’t think anybody knew what to do. I was up and down twice. It was just awkward. It’s an exhibition game, you just go out there and really just try to throw fuzz and get outs."

Throwing fuzz is exactly what the Pirates first overall pick in the 2011 draft did. Cole hit triple digits while pitching for Team USA at Kauffman Stadium. The righty allowed two runs on a walk, home run and whiffed two.

Cole, along with Jameson Taillon, represented the Pirates organization in the game in which Team USA beat Team Worl...

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