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Gerrit Cole is throwing 101 and slaying giants

Jun 22, 2013, 1:01 PM EDT

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Gerrit Cole is 3-0 with a 3.44 ERA through his first three career starts, walking a grand total of one batter in 18.1 innings at age 22, and the names the former No. 1 overall pick has beaten makes it even more impressive.

In his MLB debut Cole defeated former Cy Young winner Tim Lincecum. In his second start Cole beat former Cy Young winner Zack Greinke. And in his third start, last night, Cole topped former Cy Young runner-up Jered Weaver. Three starts against three huge names and three victories.

Unfortunately his string of household name opponents will likely come to an end next week, as Cole is scheduled to start against the Brewers and they’re slated to go with fellow rookie Donovan Hand in the game.

Oh, and here’s another little Cole tidbit: Last night he threw a pitch that clocked in at 101.0 miles per hour, which according to ESPN Stats and Information is the fastest pitch any non-Justin Verlander starting pitcher has thrown since 2008.

  1. redguy12588 - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    I went to his first start two weeks ago and have pretty much seen every pitch he’s thrown thus far in the majors, I’ve never followed a prospect this closely, and I could probably list the pirates top 20 prospects, where they’re at, and their stats.

    He’s been ridiculous so far, only one really bad pitch thus far, and that was against pujols, that happens. He needs to get better the third time through the lineup, he’s been very reliant on his fastball so far, which isn’t even his best pitch. The training wheels are slowly coming off though, we saw a ton more sliders and change ups last night, and he got more k’s as a result.

    He needs to be smarter the third time through the lineup and try not to blow everyone away, good lineups will make you pay.

    He’ll learn though, he’s been better in every start thus far.

    • dondada10 - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:25 PM

      Enjoy it, man. Would love to see Pirates’ fans enjoy some postseason baseball.

    • csmountaineer - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:38 PM

      what about chapman????? He threw a 105 mph pitch in Petco Park a few years back???

      • jwbiii - Jun 22, 2013 at 7:45 PM

        “Last night he threw a pitch that clocked in at 101.0 miles per hour, which according to ESPN Stats and Information is the fastest pitch any non-Justin Verlander starting pitcher has thrown since 2008.”

        Reading is a skill.

      • csmountaineer - Jun 23, 2013 at 3:06 PM–105mph-fast-ball.html

        just a few links that show he did …… “reading is a skill”…. so is research

      • csmountaineer - Jun 23, 2013 at 3:18 PM

        you were right. i just reread it and caught my mistake. my bad

    • yahmule - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      Congrats. Some people have questioned his makeup and stated that he might not reach his full potential. Do you know how that all got started?

      • redguy12588 - Jun 22, 2013 at 2:09 PM

        He’s always been somewhat hittable, despite his stuff. We’re still seeing it, he gave up 4 hits last night, and three of them were seeing eye singles. Whether its bad luck or something else, if he can control the walks and homers, he’ll be fine.

  2. modellforprez - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Yeah that is all written correctly. For far too many seasons we’ve suffered with subpar mediocre pitching and hitting but first things first. with 4 of 5 of the Pirate starters on the D.L Being A.J Burnett J-Mac Jeanmar Gomez and Jeff Karstens when they all get healthy Neal H. and Hurdle will have some sorting out to do. i would expect A.J, Cole, Morton, Liriano and Jeff Locke which by the way their all pitching now If big If A.J can get back to form makes a very good rotation something Pittsburgh Fans have Forgot what one looks like. Now if we can Just Fix the Problem in Right field they might just have a chance to end this 20 what seems like 60 year losing drought.

  3. okwhitefalcon - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Walked 1 guy in 18.1 – that’s as impressive as 101 on the gun.

  4. broncobrewer - Jun 22, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    If its not Lebron or Tebow ESPN is lost especially their stats department

  5. jimmymarlinsfan - Jun 22, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    How about some hardballtalk love for my cousin, Jeff Locke who has been lights out thus far. 3rd in all of baseball in ERA and holding opposing batters to a .105 average with runners in scoring position. Not bad for a kid from New Hampshire who doesn’t throw a million miles per hour

  6. Stiller43 - Jun 22, 2013 at 2:55 PM

    I just cant believe the pitching depth they have!

    So pumped with cole’s starts so far, lets go buccos!! End the drought!

  7. Kevin S. - Jun 22, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    Strasburg never hit 101?

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Jun 22, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      100.4 per pitch f/x / fangraphs

  8. 13arod - Jun 22, 2013 at 3:08 PM

    Next verlander

  9. randygnyc - Jun 22, 2013 at 4:41 PM

    Watched Cole pitch last night. His FB is impressive even deep in the pitch count. Big strong body built to last. Good mechanics, too. On the scout “meter”, all his secondary pitches are projected as 6’s and mostly 7’s (out of 8- where his FB is currently). Very special talent and extremely rare. A lot like verlander with higher upside potential, if that’s even possible.

  10. Dan Camponovo - Jun 22, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    1 walk in 18.1 is impressive, but 8 k’s is troubling. his k/9 plummeted in the minors last year with no real explanation why…

    • captainloaded - Jun 23, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      basically, he’s been using his fastball 90% of the time. He is constantly challenging hitters to hit that fastball. He is pounding the lower part of the strike zone, and not trying to get hitters to swing at pitches outside of the plate. He’s actually very efficient. His approach is very simplistic and right now it is working. He is not trying to strike people out. He is just allowing his defense to take care of business.

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