Cole will face the San Francisco Giants in his MLB debut Tuesday.
Player comparisons can give fans a lot to dream on. One popular comparison for Pirates' top pitching prospect Gerrit Cole has been Justin Verlander. It's easy to understand because there are plenty of similarities.
Cole is 6-foot-4, 240 pounds, was the No. 1 overall draft pick with an $8 million bonus and became a Baseball America top 10 prospect with a fastball in the high-90s. Verlander is 6-foot-5, 225 pounds, was the No. 2 overall draft pick in 2004 and was Baseball America's number 8 prospect in 2004, also with a fastball in the high-90s. Both the pedigree and the physical qualities lent naturally to such a comparison. Verlander has had a very successful Major League career, with the 4th-most wins above replacemen...
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