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45 Gerrit Cole SP
Height/Weight: 6-4/222 | Birthdate: 9/8/1990 | Birthplace: Newport Beach, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Pittsburgh | College: None | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 98/88 | Average Draft Position: 66.85
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Pirates P Gerrit Cole strikes out 10 in win


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole allowed only six hits in 111 pitches during Friday night's 4-1 victory over the Mets. 

Cole gave up one run though it was unearned. It was a result of a Josh Harrison throwing error. Other than that, Cole pitched a great game, striking out 10 batters while walking just one. He went 8 1/3 innings. 

"He brought energy. He brought focus to the game," manager Clint Hurdle said, per MLB.com. "It was a good shot in the arm for us."

Cole has had an exceptional start to the season as he's allowed only 13 earned runs in 48 2/3 innings. He'd posted eight strikeouts three times this year with his total of 10 on Friday being a season-high. 

Cole now boasts a 2.05 ERA for the season. 

His next start is projected for May 27 against the Marlins. 


Pirates SP Gerrit Cole takes hard-luck loss on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole was solid in a loss on Saturday to the Cubs. Cole went six innings, allowing two runs on seven hits while matching his season-high with eight punchouts. He left the game with his team down 2-1, but the bullpen gave up two runs in the seventh inning.

Cole (5-2, 2.40 ERA) gave up individual runs in the first and third innings, but was pretty much on cruise-control after that. He threw 107 pitches with 70 going for strikes.

"I would've liked to have pitched a little bit better," Cole said, per MLB.com. "Yeah, I looked forward to try to get us back on track, and (Lester) beat me today."

He's lined up to make his next start on Saturday against the Mets.


Pirates' Gerrit Cole gives up three runs in loss vs. Reds Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole took the loss Wednesday, allowing three earned runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings while striking out four in his team's 3-0 defeat against the Reds.

"He pitched a good ballgame," manager Clint Hurdle said, per MLB.com. "He got into a couple of tough spots. But there's no shame in what he did tonight. He battled and went after it, like he always does."

Cole (4-1) earned wins in four straight starts coming into Wednesday's start, giving up a total of three earned runs during that stretch. He matched that number against the Reds, allowing a pair of runs in the fourth inning and another on a solo home run in the fifth. It was just the second home run allowed by the righty this season.

Cole owns a 2.27 ERA and 39:10 K:BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings. He's slated to face the Phillies Monday.


Pirates' Gerrit Cole strikes out eight in win vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole earned a win Wednesday, giving up just one unearned run on three hits and one walk in six innings while striking out eight in his team's 8-1 victory over the Cubs.

Cole (4-0) has surrendered just three earned runs in his last four starts, all wins, since a mediocre season debut. His only run allowed came on a second-inning single to put the Cubs ahead, but the Pirates had no trouble giving the starter the win, scoring nine runs over the final six innings of the game.

"It's nice to get out of here without getting swept," Cole said after the game, per MLB.com. "We can relax a little more on the off-day, clear our minds and get ready for St. Louis this weekend."

Cole owns a 1.76 ERA and 35:8 K:BB ratio in 30 2/3 innings across five starts. The Pirates are off Thursday and Monday, so Cole's next start could come either Tuesday or Wednesday against the Reds at home.


Pirates starter Gerrit Cole keeps rolling with win on Friday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/25/2015) Pirates starter Gerrit Cole (3-0) allowed one earned run and struck out seven in seven innings on Friday to defeat the Diamondbacks.

After taking a no decision in his first start this year, Cole has won three starts in a row.

Cole returns to the mound for his next scheduled start Wednesday in Chicago against the Cubs.

Pirates' Gerrit Cole strikes out six in win vs. Brewers


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole earned a win Sunday, giving up two earned runs on five hits and one walk in six innings while striking out six in his team's 5-2 victory over the Brewers.

Cole (2-0) delivered his second straight quality start despite running into trouble in the second inning, giving up back-to-back singles to open the inning and watching the Brewers erase his 2-0 lead. The Pirates were able to hand Cole another lead in the bottom of the third, and he didn't let that one slip away, facing the minimum amount of batters from the third inning through the end of his start.

Cole owns a 3.18 ERA and 20:5 K:BB ratio in 17 innings. He's slated to face the Diamondbacks Friday.


Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole earns first win of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole allowed just one run over six strong innings in Pittsburgh's 5-4 win over the Tigers Monday. Cole allowed just three hits and struck out eight in the contest. 

Cole needed 94 pitches to get through his outing. He only ran into trouble in the seventh inning where he allowed the first three batters to reach base safely before being relieved bu Jared Hughes. He got Nick Castellanos to ground into a double play, but allowed a run to score.

Cole lowered his ERA to 3.27 in his first win of the season. He will look to keep rolling Sunday against the Brewers.


Pirates' Gerrit Cole strikes out six in season debut


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole didn't factor into the decision Wednesday after allowing three earned runs on five hits and two walks in five innings and striking out six in his team's 5-4, 11-inning loss to the Reds.

Cole began his start by giving up a solo home run to Reds third baseman Todd Frazier in the first inning, and while the Reds were able to tack on runs in the third and fourth inning, the starter's offense battled back to take him off the hook for the loss. He'll look for better results Monday against the Tigers.


Pirates' Gerrit Cole tosses three scoreless innings vs. Orioles


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2015) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole allowed just one hit and one walk in three scoreless innings while striking out three in Wednesday's spring finale against the Orioles.

Cole closes the spring with a 3.24 ERA and 12:4 K:BB ratio in 16 2/3 innings. He's slated to pitch the taem's second game of the season, leaving him to face the Reds next Wednesday.


Pirates' Liriano draws Opening Day start for second straight year


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2015) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle announced Tuesday starting pitcher Francisco Liriano will start Opening Day (April 6) against the Reds. It will be the second straight year Liriano starts on opening day for Pittsburgh.

Hurdle also announced Tuesday starting pitcher Gerrit Cole will start the second game of the season and A.J. Burnett will finish off the three-game series before Pittsburgh moves onto a three-game series at Milwaukee.

Hurdle added Vance Worley or Jeff Locke, who are competing for the final spot in the team's rotation, will start the fourth game of the season and Charlie Morton will start the fifth game. Hurdle said splitting up Burnett and Morton was important because they have similar pitching styles.


Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole throws 65 pitches Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/14/2015) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole threw 3 2/3 innings Saturday, using 65 pitches in his outing against the Red Sox. Cole was happy to get as much work as he could Saturday, reports MLB.com.

"Yeah, I'm glad I got up to the max," Cole said. "I started to get a little fatigued at the end, so it was nice to still be able to make some quality pitches in the fourth … outside of the one [Mike] Napoli deposited again."

Cole has yet to be named the opening day starter for Pittsburgh and manager Clint Hurdle didn't mind what he saw from him in his outing,

"We wanted Cole to throw between 65 and 70 pitches, so we got that checked off," Cole said. "He was out there to work on specific things: Throw his breaking balls and changeup,and the offside pitches were mostly strikes. It was a good outing for him, on effort, consistency, focus."


Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole taking strides to prevent injuries in 2015


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole knows all too well what a injuries can do to a season. The right-hander is making an extra effort this spring to prevent having a similar fate to 2014, where he spent 70 days on the disabled list with shoulder injuries, reports The Pittsburgh Tribune.

"There was nothing structurally wrong with me. … I was fortunate," Cole said. "After I came off the rehab, I just kept that routine through the end of the season. I didn't deviate. It's what got me healthy, and it's what kept me healthy along with the mindset change."

Cole is continuing to grow through maintenance with the shoulder to prevent any flare ups.

"(Trainers) always say the rotator cuff is like bicycle brakes, and you have a V-12 engine in the front," Cole said. "You have to do maintenance on those things and be able to keep them in shape to slow the arm down."


Pirates' Hurdle on Cole's spring debut: 'A good step forward'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2015) Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said Wednesday that pitcher Gerrit Cole "did fine" in his spring debut, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

"He probably threw more pitches than he wanted to in the first inning," Hurdle said. "But he didn't back off and kept the damage to a minimum. He had some good angle to his breaking balls and used his two-seamer well. A good step forward."

Cole, who surrendered one earned run on one hit and one walk while striking out three in two innings Wednesday, said he wasn't worried about the outcome but wanted to get on the same page with new catcher Francisco Cervelli.

"I told (Cervelli) I wasn't going to shake him off," Cole said. "I was just going to see how he wanted to do my stuff so he could get a feel for how he wants to call the game. I think it'll be that way for probably awhile. He'll get some information. I'll get some information, and then we'll probably sit down (to talk)."


Gerrit Cole strikes out 12 in Pirates loss Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole didn't factor into the decision Sunday, giving up one earned run on four hits in seven innings while striking out 12, but the Pirates fell 4-1 to the Reds to lose a chance at taking the NL Central title.

Cole did everything he needed to put the Pirates within a half-game of the Cardinals, but the bullpen betrayed the starter after he left the game with the score tied 1-1. The Pirates will face the Giants in the Wild Card game. Cole ends the regular season with a 3.65 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 138:40 K:BB ratio in 138 innings.


Gerrit Cole strikes out eight in win vs. Braves


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2014) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole earned a win Tuesday, giving up two earned runs on four hits and two walks in seven innings while striking out eight in his team's 3-2 victory over the Braves.

Cole (11-5) has racked up four straight wins, striking out 29 batters and walking only three while posting quality starts each time during that stretch. The win Tuesday clinches a playoff spot for the second straight season. Cole owns a 3.78 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 126:40 K:BB ratio in 131 innings. He's slated to face the Reds in Sunday's season finale.


Gerrit Cole wins third straight start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole turned in a solid outing in a win over the Red Sox Thursday night, improving to 10-5 on the year. He allowed two runs on six hits and no walks while striking out seven over seven innings of a 3-2 victory.

Cole has won each of his last three starts. Over that 19-inning stretch, he has allowed eight earned runs. He owns a 3.85 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP over 20 starts (124 innings). His next start will come Tuesday at Atlanta.

Gerrit Cole tosses quality start Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2014) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole tossed a quality start Friday against the Cubs. 

Cole allowed three runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out six and walked one during the outing. Cole was solid early, tossing three scoreless innings to open the game. Home runs wound up being an issue for Cole. In the fourth, Javier Baez opened the inning with a solo shot off Cole. Arismendy Alcantara added his own solo shot in the fifth inning. Cole gave up his third run in the sixth inning. With two men on, he allowed a run-scoring single against Welington Castillo.

With the win, Cole improved to 9-5. He’ll take on the Red Sox in his next start. 


Gerrit Cole strikes out eight, belts first homer


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(9/7/2014) Earning his first victory since July 4, Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole went six-plus innings in Sunday's 10-4 win over the Cubs. Cole struck out eight and walked none while allowing four runs (three earned) on nine hits.

For good measure, Cole belted his first major-league homer, a two-run shot. Cole (8-5) will face the Cubs again Friday in Pittsburgh.


Gerrit Cole gets knocked around in loss to Cardinals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole was knocked around Monday in a loss to the Cardinals in St. Louis, dropping to 7-5 on the year. It was his first loss since July 28. The right-hander was shelled for five runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out four over 6 1/3 innings of work.

Over his first three starts back from injury covering 19 1/3 innings, Cole has permitted nine earned runs. He owns a 3.86 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP over 17 starts (105 innings). His next start will come Sunday against the Cubs in Chicago.

Pirates recall Gerrit Cole for Monday start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole was promoted from Triple-A Indianapolis in time for Monday's start against the at St. Louis. He owns a 3.65 ERA and 93:34 K:BB ratio in 98 2/3 innings. 

Gerrit Cole optioned to minors, but won't miss a start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole has been optioned to the minors briefly.

Cole will rejoin the club September 1, and shouldn't miss his next start. The team only optioned Cole in order to get another bat on the bench for the weekend series. Cole has a 3.65 ERA over 98 2/3 innings. 


Gerrit Cole strikes out nine in no-decision Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2014) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole didn't factor into the decision Tuesday, surrendering two earned runs on three hits and one walk in six-plus innings while striking out nine in his team's 5-2 win over the Cardinals.

Cole spun six scoreless innings but gave up hits to the first two batters of the seventh before being pulled, and both runners would come around to score later in the inning. He owns a 3.65 ERA and 93:34 K:BB ratio in 98 2/3 innings. Cole is scheduled to face the Cardinals again Monday.


Gerrit Cole strikes out six in return Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole didn't factor into the decision in his return to the rotation Wednesday, allowing two earned runs on five hits and four walks in seven innings and striking out six in his team's 3-2 win over the Braves.

Cole was making his first start since July 4 after being activated from the disabled list earlier in the day. He surrendered RBI singles in the first and sixth innings, and his offense was able to get both runs back in the eighth. Cole owns a 3.69 ERA and 84:33 K:BB ratio in 92 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Cardinals Tuesday.


Gerrit Cole returning to rotation Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/17/2014) The Pirates confirmed Sunday starting pitcher Gerrit Cole (lat) will make his return to the rotation Wednesday against the Braves, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Cole takes the rotation spot of Charlie Morton, who was placed on the disabled list Sunday with a hip injury.

Gerrit Cole ready to return to Pirates


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole is ready to return from the disabled list, MLB.com reports.

Assistant general manager Kyle Stark and manager Clint Hurdle determined Saturday that Cole is set to make his return after throwing seven scoreless innings Friday in a rehab start with Triple-A Indianapolis. A specific return date hasn't been scheduled, but it is expected to come Wednesday against Atlanta or Friday against Milwaukee.