One scout attending Pirates – Blue Jays game told ESPN’s Jayson Stark he likes Taillon better than Cole


The Pittsburgh Pirates lost to the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 on Friday afternoon in Spring Training action but the Pirates got to take a trip into the future as ESPN’s Jayson Stark writes. Gerrit Cole started the game working the first and second innings, followed by Jameson Taillon who pitched the third and fourth inning. Cole allowed three hits and two runs over two innings. He struck out two. Cole had some issues in the first inning but he recorded a 1-2-3 second inning, which included a pair of strikeouts. The buzz afterwards was about how good Taillon looked after throwing two scoreless innings and allowing just one hit. “Those two guys,” Clint Hurdle said smiling via Stark. “One (Cole) has gotten to the major leagues, and one (Taillon) is closing in on that opportunity. They have the skill sets, the mound presence, and all the things you need toRead More »

Gerrit Cole evolving into a special pitcher as the Pirates are heading home with the series tied 1-1


PITTSBURGH 7 – ST. LOUIS 1 It’s all tied up between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals. Gerrit Cole again pitched like the No. 1 overall pick he is, allowing 2 hits through six innings, leading the Pittsburgh Pirates to a 7-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 2 of the NLDS. In a sense it was a role reversal in Game 2 with the Pirates winning in a rout. The team was fueled by Cole’s outing as we’re seeing a special pitcher emerge right in front of our eyes and sooner than many evaluators thought. In six innings, Cole allowed 2 hits, and 1 run, while striking out 5 and walking 1. His command was strong, throwing 56 strikes on 86 pitches. Cole’s fastball peaked at 100 mph and he continues to show no situation is too big for him. “I just trusted myself and triedRead More »

Gerrit Cole 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA in five September starts


Gerrit Cole (10-7, 3.22 ERA) continued his dominant month, allowing 7 hits and 2 runs, while striking out 6 and walking 1 in the Pirates 8-2 win over the Chicago Cubs Tuesday night as the Pirates moved a game ahead of the Cincinnati Reds for the No. 1 wildcard spot. It wasn’t Cole’s best outing of late but here are Cole’s numbers in the month of September: 32 IP | 4-0, 1.69 ERA | 39 SO – 10 BB |

Gerrit Cole sets a career high in strikeouts


Gerrit Cole continues to look like a No. 1 overall pick just at the right time, setting a career high in strikeouts with 12 this afternoon vs the San Diego Padres. Cole allowed 4 hits and 1 run, while striking out 12 and walking 3 in a Pirates rout this afternoon against the Padres. Cole has 28 strikeouts in his last 20 innings pitched and a huge difference for Cole has been his curve ball over his last handful of starts.

Gerrit Cole has allowed 3 earned runs or less in 14 of his first 15 career starts


The way to sum up Gerrit Cole’s (6-7, 3.74 ERA) rookie season is efficient. Cole continued that trend Tuesday night, allowing 5 hits and 2 earned runs in 6 innings pitched vs the Milwaukee Brewers. Cole struck out 5 and walked 1, throwing 59 strikes on 92 pitches. Cole has now allowed 3 earned runs or less in 14 of his first 15 career starts. Despite throwing in the high 90’s, he’s unlikely to become a high strikeout pitcher but what’s been impressive with Cole has been the lack of walks. Cole has walked 2 batters or less in 14 of 15 starts.

Gerrit Cole has won just 2 of his last 10 starts


Gerrit Cole (6-7, 3.80 ERA) took loss against Milwaukee (4-0) on Thursday night, giving up 4 runs (3 ER) and 10 hits over 7.1 innings. He walked 1 and struck out 4, throwing 96 pitches, Cole pitched into the 8th inning for the first time in his MLB career, after throwing 82 pitches through seven innings. Overall, Cole had an up and down outing but Cole responded well after allowing 3 runs through the first four innings. He settled down as the game progressed. Cole has won just 2 of his last 10 starts after starting the season 4-0.

Perrotto: Ranking the Pirates Top-10 Prospects


By John Perrotto The Pirates’ stagger to the finish line is almost too painful to watch. The Buccos have lost six games in a row and 22 of their last 32. The freefall has dropped them to just two games over .500 at 72-70, meaning the possibility of a 20th consecutive losing — which seemed unthinkable a few weeks ago — is strong. While the Pirates are just 2 1/2 games behind St. Louis for the second National League wild card, they are now in a five-team race. The Los Angeles Dodgers are 1 1/2 games ahead of the Pirates and Milwaukee and Philadelphia, both surging, are just 1/2 game behind. So with today being an off day and as a public service to all suffering Pirates’ fans, let’s think of something happier — the farm system. The Pirates have a number of talented prospects in their system and here’sRead More »

Scouts, executives weigh in on the Pirates “Big Four” pitching prospects


By John Perrotto The Pirates, until this season, hadn’t given their fans much reason for hope since the dawn of the new millennium. That is what happens when a franchise reaches the depths of losing 90-plus games year after year. However, the Pirates are giving the faithful reason to hope this year and it goes beyond the fact that they are a respectable 30-31. They have the makings of a potentially devastating starting rotation. Imagine the Pirates going into a World Series later in the decade with a foursome of right-handers Stetson Allie, Gerrit Cole, Luis Heredia and Jameson Taillon. Of course, this all comes with the caveat that predicting future success for pitching prospects is next to impossible because of injury and inconsistency. Yet if those four, who are all 20 or younger, can somehow both survive and thrive in the upcoming years then the Pirates might be hardRead More »