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Name  Gerrit Cole
Born  9/8/1990
Height  6-4
Weight  240
Number  45
Position  SP
Bats  R
Throws  R
4/10/2014 8:58:00 PM
Description: The Pirates' offense came alive in the top of the seventh inning Thursday at Chicago to get Gerrit Cole his second win of the season.
Insight: Cole struck out 10 batters and allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits in six innings Thursday but was down 4-0 until Pittsburgh put up five runs in the seventh. He has a 3.46 ERA and a 13/4 K/BB in 13 innings this season.
Hot10/10/2013 9:53:00 AM
Description: It may not have come in a winning effort but Gerrit Cole gave the Pirates everything he had Wednesday in Game 5.
Insight: For the most part, Cole (5 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 5 K's, 1 BB) was matching Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright pitch for pitch. His lone blemish came in the second inning when he allowed a two-run homer to David Freese. Cole had his ups and downs early but he finished the season with a flourish. Even though he doesn't strike out a lot of hitters, Cole has the mental toughness to be one of the best pitchers in the National League someday. Expect him to have a huge season in 2014.
Hot10/9/2013 9:42:00 AM
Description: Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole was the team's best pitcher in September and it's not surprising he got the call for the deciding game against St. Louis. The other option would have been A.J. Burnett, who gave up six hits and seven earned runs, in the series opener.
Insight: Cole put together a stunning September, going 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA and 1.063 WHIP then gave up just two hits and a single run in six innings against the Cardinals last Friday.
Hot10/7/2013 9:10:00 PM
Description: The Pirates are going with Gerrit Cole in Game 5 against St. Louis. SOURCE: Michael Sanserino, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Insight: The rookie has been Pittsburgh's best pitcher lately so he'll get the nod over A.J. Burnett. Cole tossed six innings of two-hit ball last time out against the Cardinals in Game 2. He'll be pitching on normal rest.
Hot10/5/2013 9:03:00 AM
Description: Gerrit Cole's postseason debut was a success. The Pirates rookie pitched six innings of two-hit ball Friday in a win over top-seeded St. Louis.
Insight: Cole probably could have gone deeper into the game (he only threw 86 pitches) but Pittsburgh had a six-run cushion so he didn't have to. Cole has been spectacular since the All-Star break with seven victories and a 2.76 ERA in 13 starts.
Hot9/19/2013 6:15:00 PM
Description: Pirates rookie Gerrit Cole set a new career-high in strikeouts Thursday versus San Diego.
Insight: He fanned 12 Padres in six innings of work. Cole (9-7, 3.23 ERA) projects as a rock solid No. 3 starter heading into the playoffs.
Hot9/14/2013 10:25:00 PM
Description: Pittsburgh starter Gerrit Cole was firing on all cylinders Saturday versus the Cubs.
Insight: After an up and down first few months in the big leagues, Cole has really found his groove in September. In three September starts he's 2-0 with a 1.35 ERA. Cole usually isn't a big strikeout guy but he's averaged eight whiffs a game in his last two contests.
9/9/2013 10:39:00 PM
Description: Pirates rookie Gerrit Cole won a classic pitcher's duel against Rangers starter Yu Darvish Monday in Texas.
Insight: Cole's seventh win of the season may have been his most impressive one yet. He finished the night with nine strikeouts in seven shutout innings. Cole will take the mound again Saturday versus Chicago.
9/1/2013 3:08:00 PM
Description: According to Tom Singer of, Pirates GM Neal Huntington confirmed that Gerrit Cole will start Tuesday against the Brewers.
Insight: Cole is 6-7 with a 3.80 ERA since making his big league debut. He has thrown 153 1/3 innings between Triple-A and the majors this year, up from 132 last season, so the team may choose to shut him down at some point.
8/18/2013 12:25:00 PM
Description: Despite a strong outing on Friday, Pittsburgh righthander Gerrit Cole isn't assured a place in the team's starting rotation for September and October. SOURCE: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Insight: If the Pirates make the postseason, they'd probably go with a rotation of A.J. Burnett, Francisco Liriano, Jeff Locke and Wandy Rodriguez, which leaves Cole as the odd man out. To prepare him for his role as a reliever, Cole may shift to the bullpen before the end of the season. Nothing is official yet and for now Cole (6-5, 3.88 ERA) is still scheduled to start Wednesday against the Padres.
8/11/2013 2:26:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter Gerrit Cole won't make his next start until Friday, according to Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review.
Insight: The team has a day off Monday, so they can push Cole back from Wednesday to Friday to get him some extra rest. The rookie has struggled lately, allowing seven earned runs in 10 1/3 innings over his last two starts. He's 5-5 with a 3.95 ERA and a 47/15 K/BB in his first 11 big league starts.
7/28/2013 7:10:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter Gerrit Cole struck out eight batters and allowed four hits and three earned runs over seven innings in a loss to the Marlins Sunday.
Insight: Cole has lived up to expectations, going 5-4 with a 3.56 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and 37 K in 55 2/3 innings. The right-hander has walked just 12 batters (1.94 BB/9).
7/23/2013 9:51:00 PM
Description: Pirates starter Gerrit Cole two-hit the Nationals and gave up one run over seven innings Tuesday to improve to 5-3.
Insight: The Nationals just fired their hitting coach Rick Eckstein. Cole, who has a 3.51 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP through his first 48 2/3 big league innings, hasn't allowed more than three runs in any start this season.
7/4/2013 5:21:00 PM
Description: Pirates rookie Gerrit Cole lost the first game of his career Thursday against the Phillies.
Insight: Cole gave up eight hits and three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings Thursday. The right-hander is now 4-1 with a 3.94 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP in his first five big league starts.
6/28/2013 10:25:00 PM
Description: Pirates righthander Gerrit Cole improved to 4-0 Friday with a win over Milwaukee.
Insight: Cole hasn't been nearly as impressive as his record would indicate. He only has 11 strikeouts in four games and batters are hitting .277 against him. Cole has also been getting a ton of run support as the Pirates are averaging over seven runs per game when he starts. We're not saying Cole is doing poorly. We're just not ready to call him an ace just yet.
6/21/2013 4:21:00 PM
Description: According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Pirates rookie right-hander Gerrit Cole is likely headed back to the minors at some point this season to avoid Super 2 status, but it would only be for a week or 10 days.
Insight: The top 22 percent of players with the most major-league service time between two and three years will become eligible for salary arbitration after the 2015 season. The other 78 percent won't be eligible for arbitration until after following season. The Pirates will have to figure out if Cole spent enough time in the minors to avoid becoming a Super 2. He was called up on June 11.
6/16/2013 10:15:00 PM
Description: Gerrit Cole's second start didn't go as well as his first but it was good enough to get the win Sunday against Los Angeles.
Insight: The Pirates righthander gave up seven hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings. Cole (2-0, 3.75 ERA) hasn't walked a batter yet but he only has three strikeouts in 12 innings.
6/11/2013 10:10:00 PM
Description: Pirates right-hander Gerrit Cole won his major league debut Tuesday against the Giants with 6 1/3 innings of two-run ball.
Insight: The hard-throwing Cole only struck out two and gave up seven hits, but he didn't walk a batter. The 2011 first overall pick should be owned in all fantasy leagues.
6/8/2013 4:02:00 PM
Description: It's official. Gerrit Cole will make his major league debut Tuesday against San Francisco. SOURCE: Michael Sanserino, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Insight: Pittsburgh drafted Cole first overall in the 2011 MLB draft following a brilliant career at UCLA. In 12 starts for Triple-A Indianapolis, Cole has gone 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA. Opponents have hit just .190 versus the righthander this season.
6/7/2013 4:59:00 PM
Description: Gerrit Cole, the No. 1 pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, is "very likely" to make his major league debut Tuesday against the Giants, according to Michael Sanserino of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
Insight: Cole has a 2.91 ERA and a 47/28 K/BB in 68 innings with Triple-A Indianapolis this season. The right-hander throws 98 mph with ease and he has a plus slider, according to's scouting report. The Pirates need a starter after pushing Wandy Rodriguez back due to left forearm inflammation. Pittsburgh currently has four starters -- James McDonald, Jeff Karstens, Jeanmar Gomez and Charlie Morton -- on the DL, so Cole could stick around and should be added in most leagues.

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