Gerrit Cole Throws 100 MPH, But Gives Up Three Runs, In Arizona Fall League Debut

Gerrit Cole, a Pirates prospect and the No. 1 overall 2011 MLB Draft choice, made his pro debut in the Arizona Fall League Friday and allowed three runs in 2.1 innings.

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Less important, hopefully, than the runs allowed are the scouting reports from the start. Keith Law:

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A 1-2-3 first for Cole. 93-100 fastball, hit 100 twice 99 once, 89-90 slider.

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There's a difference between being able to throw 100 MPH and actually getting major-league batters out, but the former certainly helps with the latter. 

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Cole pitched scoreless innings in the first and second innings, then ran into trouble in the third, when he allowed a single and a walk, then gave up a two-run, line-drive double to Tim Beckham. Cole then left the game, and Beckham later scored, so Cole was charged with that run too.

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For more on the Pirates, check out Bucs Dugout. For more on the minor leagues, check out Minor League Ball.

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