Gerrit Cole is officially scheduled to take the mound in Pittsburgh on Tuesday.
Top Pirates pitching prospect Gerrit Cole will make his Major League debut Tuesday Night at PNC Park. Cole and the Bucs will face pitcher Tim Lincecum and the San Francisco Giants in the first game of the homestand.
Cole was drafted by Pittsburgh with the number one overall pick in the 2011 draft out of UCLA. In his first professional season last year, Cole made 26 starts among the Pirates' High-A, Double-A and Triple-A teams. The right-hander collected a 2.80 ERA, 136 strikeouts and 45 walks over 132 innings, mostly between Bradenton and Altoona.
He entered this year as Baseball America's No. 7 overall prospect and MLB.com's No. 9 prospect, both the highest ranking in the Pirates system. Cole earned a...
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