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Gerrit Cole “very likely” to make MLB debut Tuesday

Jun 7, 2013, 12:40 PM EDT

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Pirates stud prospect Gerrit Cole, who was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft out of UCLA, is “very likely” to make his big-league debut Tuesday versus the Giants, according to Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post Gazette.

Cole came into the season ranked as a top-10 prospect by both Baseball America and, and the 22-year-old right-hander has started 12 games at Triple-A with a 2.91 ERA and 47/28 K/BB ratio in 68 innings.

Averaging just 6.2 strikeouts per nine innings while walking 3.7 batters per nine innings doesn’t exactly scream for a promotion to the majors and Cole has yet to record more than five strikeouts in a start this season. On the other hand he’s held opponents to a measly .190 batting average and has tossed seven shutout innings in back-to-back starts. And the Pirates need a starter to fill in for the injured Wandy Rodriguez.

  1. specialkindofstupid - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Is that low strikeout rate an anomaly for him? Or is it pretty typical? Because if it’s the latter, I’m afraid Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval might eat him for dinner on Tuesday. And then Sandoval will have a second dinner afterward. Most likely.

    • kingscourt25 - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      that was his problem in college. awesome stuff, but he doesn’t miss bats.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        Sounds like a pitcher in need of a good pitching coach…which the Pirates just happen to have. I’m hoping for big things.

      • paperlions - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:53 PM

        So….your theory is that the Pirates don’t have any MiLB pitching coaches that know enough to get a guy to miss bats if he’s capable of it?

        It seems to me that hitters tell you if a guy has “stuff” or not. I don’t care how good a guy’s stuff is supposed to be, if hitter hit it, he doesn’t got it. We can call it the Cleto principle.

  2. kingscourt25 - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Too soon?

  3. asimonetti88 - Jun 7, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    what a great year for young pitchers

  4. Stiller43 - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    Ive been waiting for this…but now that its here, im scared….

  5. thon - Jun 7, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    His stuff has been far ahead of his results in both college and the minors, and I imagine that will continue in the bigs. Solid SP–big guy, lots of innings–but they’ll talk about him the way they did Jaret Wright 15 years ago. How can this guy not dominate with the stuff he has? Acumen, instinct, tenacity… he’s missing something. If the Buccos are going to get a #1 it will be Tailion.

  6. mazblast - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    God, if you exist, please, let Cole end the curse put on my team’s 1st round drafted pitchers, or at least don’t stand in the way of his ending it. I hope you have decided we Pirates fans have suffered enough–seriously, 82-80 would be fine.

    • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:54 PM

      Just take your time machine back to 1979 if you want to watch the pirates win it all. Dont forget your disco moves also, as far as God goes he told me forget about it. The pirates won’t have a chance for another 25 years. just remember what doesnt kill you makes you tougher

  7. Kevin S. - Jun 7, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Grr… what did UCLA really give you, Gerritt? Yanks were ready to give you plenty of money out of high school.

    • mazblast - Jun 7, 2013 at 6:52 PM

      They gave him three years of college education at one of California’s best public universities and the chance to work on his “craft”.

      Plus the opportunity to not pitch for the Yankees, as it turned out. That’s a plus in my book.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Jun 7, 2013 at 8:55 PM

        Its a great thing he got that education, he’s going to need it to fall back on

  8. thepittsburghkid - Jun 7, 2013 at 9:05 PM

    He will start to dominate in a couple months, he’s done that at every level. I just hope his growing pains don’t hurt us too bad.

  9. mmkundrat77 - Jun 9, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Gerrit Cole has to succeed for the Pirates. Neil Huntington’s job depends on it.

    The Pirates do not have the best draft history. Check out my article on the Pirates #1 overall pick history and Gerrit Cole.

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