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45 Gerrit Cole SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/240 | Birthdate: 9/8/1990 | Birthplace: Newport Beach, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 97/77 | Average Draft Position: 84.19
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Pirates-Brewers get into brawl, two players ejected


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2:58 pm ET) Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez and Pirates outfielder Travis Snider were ejected from Sunday's game after both teams got into a benches-clearing brawl

The melee ensued after Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole approached Gomez following Gomez's triple in the top of the third inning. Gomez had to be restrained as Cole walked back to the mound, but punches were exchanged once both teams came onto the field. Gomez appeared to have thrown the first punch.


Gerrit Cole surrenders five runs vs. Reds Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2014) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole didn't have his best stuff Tuesday, giving up five earned runs on nine hits and three walks in six innings while striking out three in his team's 7-5 loss to the Reds.

Cole (2-1) gave up two home runs in the outing, both in a four-run sixth inning and one to opposing pitcher Mike Leake. It was the first poor performance of the season for the young Pirates ace, who owns a 4.74 ERA and 16:7 K:BB ratio in 19 innings. He'll face the Brewers at home Sunday in his next start.


Gerrit Cole benefits from five-run inning for win


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Pirates starter Gerrit Cole was more lucky than good Thursday against the Cubs.

Not that he pitched poorly. He surrendered three earned runs on five hits in six innings with 10 strikeouts, the second-highest total of his career. But he left the game with a 4-0 deficit after giving up three runs in the fourth.

A loss or no-decision at best seemed inevitable for Cole, but the Pirates exploded for five runs in the seventh and held on to give him a victory and 2-0 record.


Gerrit Cole goes seven strong in win over Cards


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/5/2014) Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole tossed a quality start and earned his first win of the season Friday night against St. Louis.

Making his first start of the year, Cole (1-0) fired four scoreless innings before serving up a two-run home run to Matt Carpenter in the fifth. He surrendered two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three over seven innings pitched in a 12-2 win. He tossed 108 pitches, 73 called for strikes.

Cole will look to keep rolling on Thursday against the Cubs in Chicago.

Saturday rainout forces Gerrit Cole to work out of bullpen


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) Pirates young stud starter Gerrit Cole lost his regular season tuneup to a rainout, but got three innings of work in a bullpen session, per the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

Cole might have needed to pitch against actual competition. He yielded six runs on eight hits, including three home runs, in 6 2/3 innings against Baltimore in his last start and watched his spring ERA skyrocket nearly double to 6.17.


Pirates announce rotation plans for start of season


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) The Pirates announced their rotation plans for the start of the season, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.

Assuming he will be ready to pitch, Francisco Liriano will remain the starter for opening day. He will be followed by Charlie Morton, Wandy Rodriguez and Gerrit Cole. Liriano will then make another start before Edinson Volquez gets his first start of the season.


Gerrit Cole serves up three homers vs. O's


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole ran into some issues on Sunday against the Orioles in Grapefruit League action.

Cole served up a leadoff home run to Nick Markakis in the opening frame. He also served up homers to Chris Davis and Ryan Flaherty. He was charged with six runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out five over 6 2/3 innings. Cole saw his ERA rise from 3.60 to 6.17 through four starts this spring.

Gerrit Cole lowers ERA to 3.60


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole took to the mound Wednesday against the Twins for the second time this spring and first time since late February. Cole was much improved after posting a 9.00 ERA in his spring debut Feb. 28 against the Blue Jays.

On Wednesday, Cole allowed one unearned run on three hits and one walk, while striking out three in three innings. He lowered his ERA to 3.60.


Gerrit Cole surrenders two runs in spring debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2014) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole had an inauspicious spring debut Friday, surrendering two earned runs on three hits while striking out two in two innings as his team fell to the Blue Jays, 4-2.

When asked what he was working on his first start, Cole told MLB.com he was "getting a feel back for everything, just trying to keep the fastball down and get comfortable back on the mound again." Cole is coming off a banner rookie season for the Pirates in which he went 10-7 with a 3.22 ERA and 100:28 K:BB ratio in 117 1/3 innings.


Gerrit Cole receives praise from Jameson Taillon


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/14/2014) Pirates pitching prospect Jameson Taillon had some nice things to say about Gerrit Cole.

"I wasn't surprised by [Cole's success]," Taillon said. "I thought he was ready, and there's no spot too big for him. It didn't really shock me that he was doing so well." Taillon said he watched nearly every start Cole made last season. 

Cole posted a 3.22 ERA in 117 1/3 innings last year. 

Taillon enters the year in a similar situation. While he should start the year in the minors, he's expected to make his major-league debut at some point during the regular season. He's coming off a season in which he posted a 3.73 ERA in 147 1/3 innings across two levels. 


Gerrit Cole surrenders two runs in Game 5 loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/9/2013) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole took the loss in Wednesday's Game 5 defeat at the hands of the Cardinals, giving up two earned runs on three hits and one walk while striking out five in five innings as the Cardinals advanced to the National League Championship Series with a 6-1 win.

Cole was pulled after just five innings not due to any perceived struggles; rather, the team brought in a pinch hitter in the sixth inning and turned the game over to the bullpen, which would allow four more runs in the loss. Cole pitched well in his first postseason experience, going 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA, 0.64 WHIP and 10:2 K:BB ratio in 11 innings over two starts.


Gerrit Cole takes ball from A.J. Burnett for Game 5 start


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(10/7/2013) The Pittsburgh Pirates have announced that rookie Gerrit Cole will get the ball to start Game 5 of the National League Division Series Wednesday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Manager Clint Hurdle made the decision to start Cole over A.J. Burnett following Monday's Game 4 loss to the Cardinals to even the series at two games apiece. 

Burnett was blasted as the Cardinals beat him 9-1 in Game 1 of the playoff series. Cole was terrific in a Game 2 win and will get the ball on regular rest. 


Gerrit Cole twirls a gem in Game 2


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/4/2013) Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole tossed a quality start as he picked up the win in Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals Friday.

The rookie hurler served up a solo home run to Yadier Molina in the fifth inning for his only blemish of the day. He surrendered one run on two hits and one walk while striking out five over six innings of a 7-1 victory.

Gerrit Cole announced as Game 2 starter


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2013) The Pirates confirmed Wednesday that pitcher Gerrit Cole will start Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals Friday.

Cole, who did not face the Cardinals during the regular season, went 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 39:10 K:BB ratio in 32 innings over five starts in September.


Gerrit Cole expected to start Game 2 of NLDS


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/2/2013) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole is expected to be the starter for Friday's Game 2 of the National League Division Series against the Cardinals, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Cole threw a bullpen session after Tuesday's Wild Card win, which seemingly puts him in line to start Friday. The rookie went 10-7 with a 3.22 ERA, 1.17 WHIP and 100:28 K:BB ratio in 117 1/3 innings over 19 starts during the regular season.


Gerrit Cole to provide backup during wild card game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/1/2013) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole will provide early relief if Francisco Liriano struggles during the club's wild card game.

There was some question over Cole's role once the postseason began, but he finished strong. While he won't be used as a starter during the club's first game, he could toss a fair amount of inning if Liriano struggles. 

Cole finished the season with a 3.22 ERA in 117 1/3 innings.


Gerrit Cole collects 10th win


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/24/2013) Pirates starter Gerrit Cole tossed a quality start as he earned his 10th win in his penultimate start of the season Tuesday night against the Cubs. The young right-hander surrendered two runs on seven hits and one walk while striking out six over six innings of an 8-2 victory.

Cole has allowed one earned run or fewer in each of his last three starts. He will make his final start of the regular season Sunday against the Reds in Cincinnati. 


Gerrit Cole strikes out 12 hitters


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2013) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole picked up 12 strikeouts against the Padres Thursday.

Cole went six innings, giving up four hits and three walks. He surrendered just one run. Cole lowered his ERA to 3.23 following the win. 


Gerrit Cole twirls a gem vs. Cubs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2013) Pirates starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (8-7) turned in a dominant outing as he earned his eighth win of the season Saturday night against the Cubs. The right-hander allowed one run on five hits and three walks while striking out seven over seven innings of a 2-1 victory.

Cole has allowed three runs combined over his last three starts (20 innings). He is scheduled to make his next start Thursday at home against San Diego. He yielded two runs over six innings pitched in his previous meeting against the Padres on Aug. 21.

Gerrit Cole makes a statement


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/10/2013) A co-worker asked me Sunday if he should go with a two-start Gerrit Cole or a one-start Sonny Gray in Fantasy Week 24 (Sept. 9-15). Playing it safe, I opted for Gray, citing his cupcake matchup at Minnesota. Cole had been lacking in innings recently, had been lacking in strikeouts from the beginning and had a scary matchup at Texas to open the week.

So naturally, that's when he turns in his best start of the season.

The innings were there, and of greater note, the strikeouts were there. His nine strikeouts in seven innings represented just the third time in 16 starts that he had more strikeouts than innings. I never doubted he could do it -- the guy throws 100 mph -- but with the Pirates encouraging him to pitch to contact, I wondered how long before we'd see it.

Cole will be a strikeout pitcher. With his stuff, it's inevitable. Encouraging him to pitch to contact keeps him in the strike zone, keeping his pitch count down, but once he masters efficiency, whether or not the batter makes contact on that third strike is just a matter of pitch sequence. Cole's performance Monday has me thinking he's reached that stage of his development.

Which has me thinking he's a big-time breakout candidate for next year. If he ends 2013 still in a developmental stage, he's a gamble, but if he shows clear signs of taking that next step, I'm all-in.


Gerrit Cole could be used out of bullpen in postseason


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2013) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole could be used out of the bullpen if the team makes the postseason, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

The decision hasn't been finalized, but manager Clint Hurdle has indicated Cole will be used out of the pen. If Cole continues to put together strong starts, the club could re-think that decision. 

Cole has a 3.48 ERA in 98 1/3 innings. 


Gerrit Cole gives Pittsburgh winning season


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2013) Pirates phenom Gerrit Cole made his 16th career start Monday night in Texas during an interleague battle that felt a little like a possible World Series matchup. Cole squared off against Texas' ace Yu Darvish and ended up picking up the win that secured the Pirates' first winning season since 1992.

Cole set a new career high with nine strikeouts as he allowed just three hits over seven shutout innings in the win. He improved to 7-7 on the year with a 3.48 ERA in the process. He walked two batters and threw 92 pitches.

The 23-year-old Cole, who was the No. 9 prospect in all of baseball to start the season, according to MLB.com, will make his next start for the Pirates on Saturday against the Cubs.

Gerrit Cole bounces back in no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2013) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole tossed a quality start but failed to factor into the decision Tuesday night against the Brewers. The right-hander surrendered two runs on five hits and one walk while striking out five over six innings pitched in a 4-3 victory.

Cole has allowed two earned runs in three of his last four starts. He is scheduled to make his next start Monday at Texas.

Gerrit Cole to start Tuesday for Pirates


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) The Pirates have not officially named a starter for Tuesday's game against the Brewers as of Sunday morning, but manager Clint Hurdle said rookie Gerrit Cole is penciled in to make the start, pending final approval from general manager Neal Huntington. Hurdle received the confirmation Sunday afternoon.

Cole went 1-3 with a 4.25 ERA in five August starts.


Gerrit Cole strikes out four in loss


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2013) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole took the loss Thursday as his team fell to the Brewers, 4-0. Cole allowed four runs (three earned) on 10 hits and one walk while striking out four in 7 1/3 innings.

Cole is just 2-7 since starting his Pirates career 4-0. He takes a 3.80 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 61:18 K:BB ratio into Tuesday's rematch against the Brewers.