With Starter Wandy Rodriguez going down with an injury early in Monday night’s game against the Diamondbacks, it was up to the bullpen to pick up the slack, and Pirates Pitching Coach Ray Searage was very pleased with their effort.
KDKA-AM’s Larry and John talk to Pirates GM Neal Huntington about the end of Spring Training and the move to Pittsburgh for opening day.
Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage joined The Fan Morning Show on Wednesday, with Opening Day less than two weeks away.
Top pitching prospect Gerrit Cole may already be ticketed for AAA, but Cole is looking like he’ll make that as difficult a decision as possible, pitching four mostly-efficient innings, allowing two hits, one walk and two runs on a home run to Ryan Flaherty in a 5-2 win over the Orioles in Sarasota.
The Pirates hopes for the future lie heavily on the arms of Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon, and Catcher Tony Sanchez has caught both of them and knows what they’re capable of.
Together, they’re considered the future of the Pittsburgh Pirates: Jameson Taillon, selected second overall in the 2010 MLB Draft, and Gerrit Cole, taken first overall in 2011. By May of next year, they could both be in the Pirates’ starting rotation.
It was only against Team Spain (a collection of low-level minor-leaguers – if that), but Gerrit Cole flashed the stuff you’d expect to see from a number one overall draft pick by striking out the first six batters he faced before giving up a couple of seeing-eye singles in his third inning.
Pirates’ prized pitching prospect Gerrit Cole had little trouble with Spain’s entry into the World Baseball Classic. He struck out first 6 batters he faced.
Michael McKenry says he’s spent the off-season trying to become more versatile.
When you talk to any of the players or coaches in Bradenton, you really get the feel that they know this is an important season and then you hear them talk about how the catchers mitt pops when Gerrit Cole unleashes his right arm, which is not ordinary.
The Pirates fell to 2-2 on the Grapefruit League season after an 8-2 loss to the Rays Wednesday in Bradenton, Fla.
The Pirates 2010 and 2011 first round draft picks – Jameson Taillon and Gerrit Cole – squared off against one another in the Black-Gold intra-squad scrimmage Friday afternoon at McKechnie Field.
Pirates General Manager Neal Huntington feels strongly in the direction that his major league club has gone under Manager Clint Hurdle, and while they aren’t all the way where they want to be, he was happy enough with the results to reward Hurdle with a new contract.
Pirates GM Neal Huntington previews spring training and the season ahead with Sportsradio 93-7 The Fan’s Vinnie & Cook.
Many believe Pirates top prospect Gerrit Cole could find his way to the major leagues this year, and he talked about those expectations and how he welcomes them when he joined Starkey, Miller and Mueller.
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