The Pirates will promote top prospect Gerrit Cole to Class AA Altoona, the Bradenton Marauders said Friday afternoon.â†µ
Cole will be promoted June 20 and will make his Class AA debut that night as the Curve faces New Britain.â†µ
It's a little surprising that the Pirates waited this long to promote Cole. The Pirates typically promote their prospects on a very conservative schedule, and sensibly so, but Cole was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft, and he hailed from a big college program at UCLA. Most teams probably wouldn't have felt he needed so much time at Class A+.â†µ
Nonetheless, Cole's numbers at Bradenton were solid -- he struck out 69 batters in 67 innings and posted a 2.55 ERA. In his last start on Thursday against Fort Myers, he pitched five shutout innings and struck out seven batters.â†µ
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