Pittsburgh Pirates’ Gerrit Cole Ready To Impress After Promotion
The Pittsburgh Pirates officially announced what many had speculated for days that blue chip prospect Gerrit Cole will be promoted to the majors. Cole will make his major league debut Tuesday against the reigning world champion San Francisco Giants. No pressure kid, oh and by the way you facing off against former CY Young winner Tim Lincecum.
The 22-year old right handed hurler is no stranger to pressure having been the top overall selection in the 2011 MLB entry draft. Cole will be the 6th player from the 2011 class to suit up in the majors following uber prospects Jackie Bradley, Jose Fernandez, Anthony Rendon, Trevor Bauer and Dylan Bundy.
Cole has been impressive honing his craft this season with the Triple A Indianapolis Indians of the International League. In 12 starts with the Tribe he is 5-3 with a tidy 2.91 earned run average surrendering 22 earned runs in 68 innings of work. His numbers would be Cy Young worthy if you minus the one start in which he allowed 8 runs in 5.2 disastrous innings. If you score Cole a mulligan on that start, he would actually sport an earned run average of 2.03 in 62.1 innings.
Cole gets the promotion after tossing back to back 7 inning shutouts allowing only 5 hits in 14 innings pitched between the 2 starts. The Pirates also have front end of the rotation prospect Jameson Taillon waiting in the wings for a call-up in Double A as well. There will be no lack of quality young arms taking the bump in Pittsburgh for years to come with the crop if pitching studs they have stock-piled.
Cole will look to impress on Tuesday proving to the baseball world why he was selected in the 1st round in 2008 and 1st overall in 2011. Pirates’ fans are hopeful that Pittsburgh can ride the “Cole-Train” into the playoffs come October but for now he will concentrate on the defending champs.