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Gerrit Cole | Starting Pitcher | #45

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (25) / 9/8/1990
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 230
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: UCLA
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (1) / PIT
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Gerrit Cole gave up four runs -- two earned -- over six innings in Tuesday's win over the Rockies.
Like most pitchers, Coors Field did Cole no favors, producing his worst start of the young season. The right-hander allowed eight hits, including a Nolan Arenado home run, while walking two and striking out three. A win is a win, though, and Cole is now 2-2 with a 2.78 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 19/6 K/BB ratio over 22 2/3 innings of work. A more favorable matchup looms for Cole when he takes on the Reds on Sunday. Apr 27 - 12:11 AM

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Gerrit Cole was magnificent in Thursday's 11-1 win over the Padres, hurling six innings of four-hit shutout baseball.

Cole probably could have lasted longer than six innings (he threw 97 pitches on the evening), but the Pirate offense would put up an eight-run seventh inning and effectively end their own starter's night. Cole struck out seven without walking a batter. In three starts, the 25-year-old right-hander holds a 2.70 ERA, 1.02 WHIP and 16/4 K/BB ratio across 16 2/3 innings. Next up on the docket for the young flamethrower, a journey to Denver to face the Rockies.
Apr 22 - 12:28 AM

Gerrit Cole pitched six innings of two-run ball Thursday in a loss to the Tigers.

The outing was nearly disastrous for Cole, who was grazed on the head by a liner that skimmed into center field. It shook him up a little bit, but he was given the go-ahead to continue on. If the ball had hit him two or three inches lower, he'd likely be in the hospital right now.
Apr 14 - 4:35 PM

Gerrit Cole surrendered three earned runs over 4 2/3 innings in his 2016 debut Saturday versus the Reds.

Cole was held out of the Pirates' season-opening series against the Cardinals after missing part of spring training with inflammation around his rib cage and he did not look 100 percent on Saturday afternoon in Cincinnati. Eugenio Suarez and Jay Bruce both hit RBI singles in the bottom of the first and then Brandon Phillips got in on the RBI-single fun in the bottom of the fifth. Cole, a guy with top-tier fantasy upside, will try to settle in next week against the Tigers.
Apr 9 - 4:17 PM

Gerrit Cole is scheduled to make his 2016 debut Saturday against the Reds.

Cole is being held out of the Pirates' season-opening series against the Cardinals after missing part of spring training with inflammation in his rib cage. Francisco Liriano pitched on Opening Day, Jon Niese will go Tuesday, and it'll be Juan Nicasio on Wednesday. Then it's back to Liriano on Friday before Cole finally gets his turn Saturday afternoon at Great American Ball Park. Jeff Locke will debut Sunday in the Bucs' series finale against the Reds.

Gerrit Cole pitched 4 2/3 innings and yielded two runs Monday in a no-decision against the Twins.

Cole is still getting stretched out and missing the beginning of the spring with inflammation in his rib cage, but he should be fine to start the second game of the season. He's just more likely to throw 5-6 innings his first time out than go seven.
Mar 28 - 5:10 PM

Gerrit Cole yielded two runs in two innings against the Tigers in his spring debut Sunday.

Anthony Gose and Casey McGehee homered off him to account for the runs. Cole's spring debut was delayed by rib inflammation, but he still has time to get ready to start during the first week of the season.
Mar 13 - 5:30 PM

Gerrit Cole (ribs) is scheduled to make his Grapefruit League debut on Sunday.

He should be able to go two innings in the outing against the Tigers. Cole entered Pirates camp with some minor inflammation in his rib cage and has been taking it easy for the last couple of weeks, but he's ready to ramp things up now. If all goes well from here on out, the ace right-hander will start for the Bucs on Opening Day against the Cardinals.
Mar 9 - 4:15 PM

Gerrit Cole (ribs) threw 37 pitches of live batting practice Monday in Pirates camp.

"It went well," said Cole, who has been slowed this spring by rib cage inflammation. "This is the next step in the process. ... Patience is a learned skill. I feel like the patience is over. I came in just a couple of bullpens behind." The ace right-hander used all four pitches and showed good command. He's nearing his Grapefruit League debut and still has a shot at starting for the Pirates on Opening Day.
Mar 7 - 1:51 PM

Gerrit Cole (ribs) will throw another round of live batting practice on Monday.

If it goes well, he could be cleared to make his Grapefruit League debut later this week. Cole entered Pirates camp with some mild inflammation in his rib cage, so he took it easy for the first couple of weeks. The ace right-hander is ready to ramp it up now.
Mar 7 - 12:20 PM

Gerrit Cole (ribs) will throw a 30-pitch live batting practice session on Friday.

Cole reported to camp last month with some rib cage inflammation as a result of overextending himself during offseason training. However, he resumed throwing off a mound over a week ago and is now ready to face hitters. It appears this little hiccup is behind him and Cole should be cleared for game action soon.
Mar 4 - 8:25 AM

Pirates head athletic trainer Todd Tomczyk said Wednesday that Gerrit Cole (ribs) will throw live batting practice this week.

Cole experienced some rib cage inflammation during offseason training in mid-January, so the Pirates have brought him along slowly this spring, but Tomczyk said Wednesday that he has "no reservations, no restrictions" and considers him "a healthy pitcher." It's unclear when the Pirates' ace will be ready for game action, but it shouldn't take him long to get stretched out.
Mar 2 - 1:28 PM

Gerrit Cole is upset the Pirates tried to reduce his salary.

Cole claims the Pirates threatened to reduce his salary to the league minimum ($507,500) if he didn't accept their offer of $541,000. "I understand the business of this game," said Cole. "But it is hard to accept that a year of performance success does not warrant an increase in pay." Cole earned a $531,000 base salary in 2015 plus a $10,000 bonus for making the All-Star team. The 25-year-old deserves a raise but it won't happen until he becomes arbitration eligible in 2017.
Feb 27 - 11:29 PM

Gerrit Cole (ribs) threw a "pain-free" bullpen session on Monday.

He's been battling rib cage inflammation since mid-January. "I have no concerns about it flaring back up," said Cole after Monday's session. Cole threw 20 pitches off a mound including 16 fastballs and four changeups. Prior to Monday, Cole had been limited to throwing on flat ground. As long as he can avoid setbacks, Cole should be the Pirates' Opening Day starter.
Feb 22 - 1:09 PM

Gerrit Cole has been dealing with inflammation in his right rib cage since mid-January and is currently limited to flat-ground throwing.

Cole injured the area while doing some offseason training. He's slated to throw off a mound early next week, so it doesn't sound like this is a major setback. Cole posted a 2.60 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 202/44 K/BB ratio across 208 innings last season and is in line to start on Opening Day.
Feb 19 - 12:43 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
1B1John Jaso
2Jason Rogers
2B1Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Matt Joyce
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3Jon Niese
4Jeff Locke
5Juan Nicasio
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Arquimedes Caminero
4Neftali Feliz
5Jared Hughes
6Cory Luebke
7Kyle Lobstein
8Ryan Vogelsong
9A.J. Schugel
10Rob Scahill