Today was my first day covering the Fall Instructional Leagues this year. It turned out to be a good day to be at Pirate City, as top prospect Gerrit Cole was on the mound. Cole was going up against the Philadelphia farm system, and ended up throwing five innings of shutout ball.

I was bouncing back and forth between the two fields, so I didn't see every pitch Cole threw. I did see four strikeouts, with a few coming on the slider. His fastball was in the usual range, starting in the 96 MPH range, and moving up to the upper 90s as the start went on. He hit 99 MPH at least twice. Cole gave up a few hits, including a line drive right back to the mound to start off the game. The runner was erased when Elias Diaz gunned down a runner trying to steal second. Cole allowed two runners to reach ...

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