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Pirates prospect Gerrit Cole will make major league debut Tuesday

Jun 8, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

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What was reported yesterday is now official. The Pirates announced this afternoon that top prospect right-hander Gerrit Cole will make his major league debut Tuesday night against the Giants in Pittsburgh.

Selected No. 1 overall in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Cole owns a 2.84 ERA over 38 starts in the minors. This includes a 2.91 ERA in 12 starts this season with Triple-A Indianapolis.

Cole has surprisingly only averaged 6.2 K/9 this season, but there’s no doubt that he has the building blocks of a frontline starting pitcher. The 22-year-old is capable of hitting 100 mph with his fastball and throws a hard biting slider. Exciting times for the Pirates, who entered play today at 36-25 on the year.

  1. Stiller43 - Jun 8, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Excited and nervous!! Lets go buccos!

  2. mvpolamalu - Jun 8, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    @stiller43 feel the exact same way. If for whatever reason he turns into another bullington I just… Argh…

  3. e5tolife - Jun 8, 2013 at 8:43 PM

    Don’t even say such things lol

  4. moogro - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    Go P!

  5. drone501 - Jun 9, 2013 at 8:39 AM

    no bullington please. think this kid can pitch, at least im hoping.

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