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Birth Date9-8-1990
Height6' 4"
Weight240 lbs
Age24 years, 3 months, 19 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
2011
2012
1.62013
1.82014
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2013 PIT 22 19 19 117.3 117.3 0.0 10 7 0 0 14 0 469 109 43 42 7 145 28 28 3 100 3.22 2.88 3.53 15.0 1.6
2014 PIT 23 22 22 138.0 138.0 0.0 11 5 0 0 15 1 571 127 58 56 11 194 40 39 9 138 3.65 3.20 3.77 14.6 1.8
Career4141255.3255.30.0211200291104023610198183396867122383.453.063.6629.63.4

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2012 BRD A+ 13 13 67.0 4.30 116 .224 .257 .329 .378 .253 .276 107 10.9 1.1 10.9 1.1
2012 ALT AA 12 12 59.0 3.93 113 .222 .265 .330 .409 .266 .315 102 9.5 1.0 9.7 1.1
2012 IND AAA 1 1 6.0 2.56 144 .223 .254 .321 .395 .251 .375 97 1.8 0.2 1.8 0.2
2013 PIT MLB 19 19 117.3 3.53 109 .234 .255 .313 .398 .260 .308 95 13.2 1.4 15.0 1.6
2013 IND AAA 12 12 68.0 4.48 101 .209 .254 .323 .386 .253 .216 99 4.6 0.5 4.2 0.4
2014 PIT MLB 22 22 138.0 3.77 103 .258 .240 .299 .371 .252 .311 97 12.8 1.4 14.6 1.8
2014 IND AAA 4 4 22.3 4.96 101 .225 .255 .319 .384 .243 .294 106 1.6 0.2 1.9 0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2012 ALT AA 3 6 0 12 12 59.0 54 23 60 2 50% .315 8.2 3.5 0.3 9.2 1.31 2.90 9.7 1.1
2012 IND AAA 1 0 0 1 1 6.0 6 1 7 0 31% .375 9.0 1.5 0.0 10.5 1.17 4.50 1.8 0.2
2012 BRD A+ 5 1 0 13 13 67.0 53 21 69 5 51% .276 7.1 2.8 0.7 9.3 1.10 2.55 10.9 1.1
2013 PIT MLB 10 7 0 19 19 117.3 109 28 100 7 51% .308 8.4 2.1 0.5 7.7 1.17 3.22 15.0 1.6
2013 IND AAA 5 3 0 12 12 68.0 44 28 47 4 50% .216 5.8 3.7 0.5 6.2 1.06 2.91 4.2 0.4
2014 PIT MLB 11 5 0 22 22 138.0 127 40 138 11 52% .311 8.3 2.6 0.7 9.0 1.21 3.65 14.6 1.8
2014 IND AAA 3 1 0 4 4 22.3 21 5 16 1 51% .294 8.5 2.0 0.4 6.4 1.16 2.01 1.9 0.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2013 1723 0.5049 0.4788 0.8010 0.6414 0.3118 0.8799 0.6353 0.1966
2014 2194 0.5027 0.4499 0.7842 0.6174 0.2805 0.8737 0.5850 0.2128
Career39170.50370.46260.79160.6280.29430.87640.60710.2057

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-05 2014-08-20 15-DL 46 40 Right Shoulder Strain Latissimus Dorsi -
2014-06-04 2014-06-28 15-DL 24 22 Right Shoulder Fatigue -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 PIT $512,500
2013 PIT $
YearsDescriptionSalary
2011Current$512,500
1 yrTotal$512,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 111 dScott Boras1 year/$0.5125M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5125M (2014). Re-signed by Pittsburgh 3/6/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Contract selected by Pittsburgh 6/11/13.
  • Drafted by Pittsburgh 2011 (1-1) (UCLA). $8M signing bonus (up to $9M if he reaches majors by 2013).

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .249 .324 .372 .262
11 vs R (Multi) .250 .298 .361 .241
18 Split (Multi) -.000 .026 .011 .021
19 LgAvg (Multi) .008 .020 .017 .015
30 vs L (2014) .249 .335 .394 .274
31 vs R (2014) .247 .294 .365 .243
38 Split (2014) .002 .040 .029 .031
39 LgAvg (2014) .007 .019 .010 .013

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-08-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty format (5x5), which side of a Gerrit Cole for Kris Bryant trade would you prefer?
(RatedRookie from Atlanta)
I'd take Bryant. (Mike Gianella)
2014-08-29 12:00:00 (link to chat)Have you watched any of Gerrit Cole's starts since he returned from the DL? Perhaps he has righted the ship?
(RatedRookie from Atlanta)
Haven't seen either of them. Might have to check them out. I will say Cole's obviously a big-time talent and Ray Searage is a good pitching coach, so it wouldn't shock me if he's headed the right way. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-07-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Tyler Beede the perfect case why going going to college instead of accepting first round money is fairly pointless? He got $200k more by barely improving his stock, but he also probably delayed his development/free agency and took on risk that he didn't need to. The whole "getting an education" arguement is a bunch of crap too.
(Matt from Cambridge)
It depends on the end game. If the goal is to get more money, then yeah, it doesn't usually work out too well (though Gerrit Cole would beg to differ). But there is more too it than that. You're right about the education part of it - not that getting an education is bad, but just that most baseball players in the majors, even the ones who attended college, didn't graduate. Still, there is some growing up to be done. I'd argue that that part of college is much more important for these guys.

In the end, there are tons of examples where it worked out to go to college and examples where it didn't. Each guy has to make his own decision. I would say, however, that given the potential for injury, if I was a pitcher and someone was offering me line-changing (first round) money, I'd take it while I was sure I could. (Jeff Moore)
2014-07-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Speaking of him, what are your thoughts on Gerrit Cole so far in the majors and his long-term outlook?
(Dan from Toronto)
I love Gerrit Cole and have seen most of his major league starts (my fiance is a Pirates fan so we watch a lot of Buccos games in our house) as well as scouting him when he was in the minors. I'm still waiting for him to just start shoving it. He started to down the stretch last year and in the post-season and it was fun to watch. He hung one curveball, which he literally hadn't done all year, and it kept the Pirates out of the NLCS. He was awesome. I think he's got that laid-back, SoCal personality that allows him to cruise at times, and he does that throughout the year and he's good enough to get away with it. I was waiting for him to turn it back on this year but he got hurt, came back and went down again with an unrelated injury. Maybe all of this will keep him fresh for September and October. I hope so. With Jose Fernandez hurt, Cole has the best package of stuff of any young pitcher we have right now. When he wants to dominate, it sure is fun. (Jeff Moore)
2014-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)How good can Tyler Glasnow be? He has been unreal the last couple of weeks.
(Jeb from Iowa)
The sky is the limit for Glasnow. His height helps him attack hitters with a potent combination of velocity, downward plane, and a release point that is about halfway to the plate. As I mentioned in today's MLU, he simply doesn't get hit hard. His potential plus curveball is no slouch of a pitch either. He needs to throw more strikes, but being tall is a legitimate excuse for those struggles and we've seen tall pitchers struggle longer to correct fastball command than other guys. He'll never be a control artist, but even if he's not, he avoids good contact enough to be a mid-rotation starter. If he throws more strikes, he'll slot right behind Gerrit Cole and ahead of Jameson Taillon in future Pittsburgh rotations. (Jeff Moore)
2014-06-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Oscar Tavares has not been hitting much since he was sent down. Is this boredom or he really not major league ready?
(Andrew from Boston)
I would imagine he's just bored. I've heard scouts talk about him having focus issues, especially once he thought he should be promoted. Some guys just don't turn it on in the minors because they're so good that they don't really have to. Gerrit Cole looked pretty bored in the minor leagues too. There's no question about Taveras' ability to hit a baseball, and he's not going to be much more major league ready than he already is. (Jeff Moore)
2014-06-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Dallas Keuchel is good, but not sure he's this good. Who are some SPs you would try and target for him? Alex Cobb? Mat Latos if his 1st start back goes ok? Gerrit Cole?
(Shawnykid23 from CT)
Yeah, I'd probably take any of those three. I'm a little worried Cobb might still be ailing, so I might actually lean toward Latos and Cole, even though both are DL'd right now. Latos is close to returning and Cole should be back after the minimum stay, while Cobb may be headed for another DL stint if he is indeed still hurt (Paul Sporer)
2014-05-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do prospects in the minors start to regress if stuck in the minors for too long? Ex, if Polanco, Taveras, Bradley, Bauer or any other prospect seemingly almost ready for a promotion are still in the minors in July/August, do they get discouraged? Does their performance start to diminish?
(Goldeye99 from Winnipeg)
They certainly can. Some prospects just aren't challenged down there. Gerrit Cole was a good example. His numbers in college and the minors were somewhat pedestrian because it just wasn't a challenge. There are examples of guys who head back to a level for the second straight year and don't play well. There are other cases where they head back and tear it up. It varies by player, but it does happen. (Jeff Moore)
2014-05-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Could you seem Gerrit Cole heading down the Jordan Zimmermann career path? Where the stuff could generate more Ks, but control/weak contract take the front seat?
(NightmareRec0n from Boston)
Sure, I could see that, especially with the similarities in repertoire. Of course, Zimmermann has missed the memo so far this year, with a 25% K rate that beats each of the past 3 seasons by 6 percentage points. (Doug Thorburn)
2014-05-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Took over a team this year in 10 team H2H Full dynasty. Loaded with young players and in last right now. Have an offer on the table of Springer, Bumgarner, Profar, Dozier, and Wacha for my Miggy and Cueto. Now he wants to Cole and get Desmond too. Do it or would you ask for Oscar Taveras too or instead of Cole? Thanks.
(Mookie from Mania)
OK... now, I'll answer it. I generally go for the star talent ahead of all else in a 10-teamer, but you ARE getting some star talent for your established studs. If you're in last, go ahead and take the throng of youth. I believe you're getting Gerrit Cole for Ian Desmond in that addendum? I LOVE Cole, but I'd make him bring in Taveras WITH Cole and see what he says! (Paul Sporer)
2014-05-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Love your podcasts! Have you seen anything that would explain why Gerrit Cole seems less "special" this year? normal development?
(shakyhands from nj)
Thanks! Just normal development, IMO. I definitely thought he could make the leap right away this year, but we haven't seen it just yet. That said, he still could as the season evolves, but even if not, he looks like he'll be a perfectly solid fantasy asset (Paul Sporer)
2014-04-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would you trade Oscar Taveras for Gerrit Cole ?
(Paul from Pittsburgh)
Ugh. (Jeff Moore)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)I have Gerrit Cole and Zack Wheeler in option years in NL only league. Cole at $15 and Wheeler at $10. Do I add 1 year for $5, 2 years at $10, or keep this year only at this price? I'm thinking adding 2 years to Cole at $25 and 1 extra year on Wheeler at $15. thoughts?
(krrtaa from South Jersey)
I'm more conservative with contracts than some are. I would option both. Kris Medlen is example #4,279 of why giving pitchers contracts often blows up in our faces. My rule of thumb for pitcher contracts is anything over $15 in a $260 budget league is assuming too much risk. And while Wheeler would fit that at $15, I don't see him at the level (yet) where he's earned that kind of extension. Cole's a special pitcher, so I get the temptation to go $20. But I would resist that temptation. (Mike Gianella)
2014-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any thoughts on Jeff Hoffman's struggles this year? I remember Gerrit Cole was another guy that didn't dominate the way people expected in college, but obviously he figured things out. So I guess this is a two part question: your thoughts on Hoffman, and why some pitchers don't seem to put it all together until the majors.
(Riley from Minnesota)
Hoffman will be fine. I'll bet we've forgotten all about this by May. I'm still very much looking forward to him coming to town in late April.

As for pitchers, it's a tricky thing. Some guys are literally too good for the college game, in that their strengths don't really matter to college hitters. For instance, a pitcher with an upper-90's fastball and a good changeup actually does himself a disservice against most college hitters to throw them the changeup. It may be his best pitch, but college hitters can hit it when they can't hit 97. Good pitchers like Cole or Hoffman (I'm being hypothetical here) will throw their good stuff anyway but sometimes it ends up getting them hit. That's why Stephen Strasburg dominated in college. He had the changeup, but he rarely used it. It was just 99,98,99,100, big freaking curveball, strike three. Most pitchers don't do that, however. They throw what they have and sometimes it costs them, but they are better pitchers for it in the long run. (Jeff Moore)
2014-02-26 19:00:00 (link to chat)cole or wacha ? pick one while held at gun point
(bloodmoney from detroit)
Gerrit Cole. I love them both but Cole is my guy here. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)I think that the Gerrit Cole K rate in the minors was overblown due to team philosophy. Now that he will be starting in Pittsburgh do you expect him to unleash his best stuff and have a near elite K rate?
(Chris from Phoenix)
Absolutely. Already showed it last year. He had a 24% rate from July on in his final 93 IP. I LOVE him this year. (Paul Sporer)
2014-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)I keep getting stuck in mock drafts picking my third SP. Generally I'm looking at Minor, Shields, Cobb, Tanaka, Gerrit Cole. Any thoughts?
(Jeff from Johnsonville)
Cole and Shields way ahead of that group, IMO. Shields safer, but Cole has insane upside. (Paul Sporer)
2014-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)any short lists of starting pitchers you will most likely be avoiding this year, and one's you'll be targeting specifically, well other than Gerrit Cole.
(ganz1080 from CT)
Still off of Buchholz. Weaver, Wacha, and Smyly among guys I don't want at their price (Paul Sporer)
2014-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you were a GM, which SP would you rather build your rotation around - Gerrit Cole or Jose Fernandez?
(GoneTroutFishin from NJ)
Fernandez (Jason Parks on the Completed Prospect Rankings)
2014-03-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)If you were a GM, which SP would you rather build your rotation around - Gerrit Cole or Jose Fernandez?
(GoneTroutFishin from NJ)
Fernandez (Jason Parks on the Completed Prospect Rankings)
2014-02-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Despite the inherent costs of starting the arbitration clock earlier, shouldn't the immediate success of top NL fireballing pitching prospects last year like Gerrit Cole, Jose Fernandez, Shelby Miller, Michael Wacha and even lower ceiling guys like Tony Cingrani and Alex Wood made it more likely that Archie Bradley, Noah Syndergaard and maybe even guys like Matt Wisler and James Taillon come up to help their clubs as early as possible?
(Scott from LA)
Maybe, but remember everyone's developmental cycles are different. Kevin Gausman seemed like a good bet to succeed right out of the gates, instead he allowed more hits than innings pitched. So it's really a case-by-case thing.

Plus, with the exception of Jose Fernandez, all those pitchers were on quality teams. If I'm the Mets I'm not eager to cost myself more money later on for two months of a guy who, let's face it, isn't the difference between the postseason and the golf course. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-02-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Expectations for Jose Abreu for 2014 and beyond? And do you expect a small improvement or a big boy leap for Gerrit Cole?
(lipitorkid from California)
I'm going to remain conservative on Abreu until I see him against big-league pitching. The power seems legit but I'm concerned about how he'll translate against quality big-league arms. It's possible I'm way underselling him and he'll be a monster, I just don't want to get too hyped only to be disappointed by just a solid performance.

I'd guess marginal with Cole because he was better than I anticipated. Having those backstops, that defense, and that park help, too, of course. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Welcome Ben, I'll start you off with a curveball: Let's say every draft eligible prospect from 2010 to 2014 was eligible for this year's draft. Just based on pre-draft scouting reports and without the benefit of hindsight, how would the first 10 picks of the draft unfold?
(baseballjunkie from cali, where it's already Spring)
This is an amazingly difficult question to answer, and also quite fun. Its probably better suited for an article than for a fantasy chat answer, but since I was able to access this question ahead of time, heres what I came up with after about 30 min of research. Ill note that since Im not familiar enough with 2014 prospects yet, Ive restricted your search to 2010-2013 draftees. Ill go with:

1. Bryce Harper 2. Manny Machado 3. Gerrit Cole 4. Dylan Bundy 5. Anthony Rendon 6. Jameson Taillon 7. Bubba Starling
8. Byron Buxton 9. Carlos Correa 10. Archie Bradley

Toughest omissions for me were Francisco Lindor, Trevor Bauer, Kevin Gausman, Kris Bryant and Mark Appel. If Luc Giolito had been healthy for his senior year, hed probably have made it on this list. Obviously thats not how wed rank them now, and its funny that guys like Chris Sale, Jose Fernandez, Matt Harvey and Javier Baez are left in the dust. Bubba Starling sticks out like a sore thumb, and Buxton was underrated. This exercise also reinforces how loaded the 2011 draft was. Last years pales in comparison. (Ben Carsley)
2014-02-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who do you think will be a high-impact rookie pitcher in 2014? I don't expect another Harvey or Fernandez. But a guy we'll look back on and should have seen coming.
(Keith from Brooklyn)
I've seen this question a lot.

We're currently looking at Yordano Ventura coming, that's my pick for a high value fantasy guy who will make a lot of noise in 2014.

Gerrit Cole showed up in the playoffs, he's going to be a MFer next year. Ditto Sonny Gray. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Keeper league, trying to consolidate; Hosmer and Cole for Goldschmidt, is that an overpay?Thanks!
(Cansy from YYZ)
Hi Cansy

I think it's a bit of an overpay. Paul Goldschmidt is great, but both Eric Hosmer and Gerrit Cole have growth potential, particularly Cole. I don't know if Cole's going to be an ace this year, but he WILL be an ace at some point and in a keeper that seems like too much ceiling to give up for Goldy, even though he's obviously great. Push back a little bit on the pitcher and see what you can give up besides Cole. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)20-team dynasty. Would you rather have Gerrit Cole and the 8th pick in a prospect draft (A. Bradley, J. Gray available around there), or David Price and the 15th pick in said draft (Appel, Stroman territory)?
(Jonah from Redwood)
Hi Jonah:

I think in a dynasty league I'd rather have Cole and the #8. As I alluded to in the last question, I'm really high on Cole and think he's going to rise in a hurry. This has less to do with the prospects (I think prospects have a lot of fungibility, particularly pitchers) and more to do with Cole. His ceiling is close enough to what Price is now and could be achieved in the next couple of years. Take the MLB arm with less miles on it if it can do almost as much as Price. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for not being "too good" for fantasy questions. What return of "win now" SP should I be able to garner if I put Cole on the block in a dynasty league? Or is Cole just too valuable to trade in this format? What's his SP ranking for this year? What's his "dynasty" ranking overall among SPs??
(DL from Milwaukee)
Ha ha.

If you've read through the whole chat, you probably know that I like Gerrit Cole a lot. I would want an ace back for him, but honestly I don't even know if i would do a straight up 1-for-1 for Cole at this point in a dynasty unless it was the middle of the season and one pitcher could REALLY make a difference for 1st. So yes I think he's too valuable to trade in a straight up deal in this format. For this year, I have Cole in my Top 20. I don't do dynasty rankings but there he's at least Top 15 and maybe Top 10. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-21 18:00:00 (link to chat)Follow up the that question: In three years from now, would you rather have Cole or Price?
(Jonah from Redwood)
Hi Jonah:

Close call, but if I had to go by ceiling I'd lean Gerrit Cole. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-17 10:00:00 (link to chat)Would you trade Profar for Cole, based on need?
(Daddyboy from Mpls)
Gerrit Cole? Hell yes. No question or hesitation. Cole has the stuff to develop into a legit number one starter. Give me that all day long. (Jason Parks)
2013-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Seems like James Taillon got less love than he used to. What's that about? And what say you?
(IcePirate from Tundra)
The realities of the developmental process can tarnish the shine of a prospect. It's much easier to look sexy in the lower minors, where advanced skill-sets can produce seductive stat lines. But I focus on the scouting, and the process of development can often look ugly before it looks pretty. Remember when people were fighting for spots in the Bauer fan club based on his impressive minor league numbers, especially his strikeout totals, and the line for Cole thinned out because he wasn't dominating? Where are the Bauer backers now? I don't hear much from them anymore. That's the problem with ignoring the scouting and the realities of the developmental process, which often affects performance and production.

I'm still high on Taillon. Has he lost some shine? Yes. But he's also facing better competition than he did in the lower minors. I get asked about Taillon vs Glasnow a lot, and its a no-brainer for me. Taillon is the better prospect, and I think he will be the better major leaguer. Will he be Gerrit Cole? No. But I still see a mid-rotation type, one that gives you 200+ innings a year. Big value in that. (Jason Parks)
2013-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Matt Moore, Ryan Cook, and David Robertson for Gerrit Cole and Craig Kimbrel. Fair trade?
(Jonah from Redwood)
It's not unfair, per se. But I'd take the Cole side of that deal every day of the week and twice on Sunday. (Bret Sayre)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Between G. Cole and J. Fernandez, who has the better season in 2014? Career?
(Nick from Pittsburgh)
I have always been a Gerrit Cole apologist and firmly believed in his front of the rotation potential, but it is pretty hard to argue with what Fernandez did in 2013. I think Cole still has some learning to do at the Major League level; lessons Fernandez learned on the job in 2013, and because of that I give Fernandez the edge in 2014. Long term, I think it's a toss-up. (Mark Anderson)
2013-11-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gerrit Cole and Matt Moore: potential future #1's. In the next few seasons, who is the better player? In 15 years? How far do you think they go in actualizing their potential?
(Sara from Tacoma)
I'm a huge believer in Cole's present and future. Matt Moore has some otherworldly talent, but I'll take Cole in the next few years and over the next 15 years (if either lasts that long). I'll just take Cole in every respect in this discussion, largely because I think the command profile sets him apart. (Mark Anderson)
2013-11-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Gerrit Cole v. Matt Moore: Who do you take this year (2014)? Next 5 years? Next 10? Why?
(Jess from Aspen)
What a great question. Moore has the lefty advantage, though his command has not come around as much as one would hope. Cole, on the other hand, is developing at a rocket pace. My favorite attribute in a young pitcher is the ability to improve and make adjustments, and since Cole has already exhibited that ability at the highest level (despite having less experience), I would take Cole for the next 5 or 10 years. That's no knock on Moore, who has elite potential and has flashed brilliance - in fact I would probably give him the nod for 2014, as we have a better idea of what we'll get from Moore next season.

On the jukebox: Lou Reed, "Perfect Day" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-11-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)In 2014 Gerrit Cole is _________?
(Ben from Gettysburg)
...still laughing about all of the "I'd take Bauer over Cole" lines from May/June 2011? (Nick J. Faleris)
2013-09-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Did Gerrit Cole turn a corner against TEX? He finally seemed to use his slider as a wipeout put-away pitch and looked like a dominant ace for most of the game. Thoughts going forward?
(Mike from Lancaster)
It certainly looks like he's learning how to use the knockout stuff to its full potential, doesn't it? I watched on TV and also talked to a scout that was there behind home plate. He called it "8 velocity with an 8 slider" and said the Rangers' hitters didn't have a chance. We all know he throws strikes, and he was able to locate his fastball to both sides of the plate at will. Getting ahead with the fastball and chasing strikeouts with his slider and curve. There's no-doubt ace potential if he continues to progress like he is. I've been on the Cole bandwagon for awhile (along with Jason Parks), so I'm glad to see the development and hoping it continues. (Jason Cole)
2013-07-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you make off Gerrit Cole's initial outings in the majors? It seems to me he's improving start to start though still not dominating at the level of his stuff.
(Joel from Washington, DC)
I've been very impressed. As I said before,, Cole will be a better major league pitcher than he was a minor league prospect, and he was a damn good minor league prospect. He is just scratching the surface of his promise. (Jason Parks)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gerrit Cole or Rick Porcello? 12 team mixed 5x5 league.
(jrcolwell from Minneapolis)
That's really tough, especially since we haven't seen the Ks from Cole yet. I'd lean Cole for the upside, park, and league. If he doesn't work out, there'll likely be a Porcello-esque asset available on the wire to replace him. I've always been a Porcello fan and remain a huge one, but Cole has legit #1 upside and while it's unlikely to come this year, it could. (Paul Sporer)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Should I trade Gerrit Cole or Zack Wheeler for Cole Hamels in keeper points league, where I have no chance to compete this season? And if I should, who I better keep (trade partner agrees for anyone) in the team - Cole or Wheeler?
(navarra from Ukraine)
Not if you're out of it. I love Hamels, but keep the upside of your young studs instead. I might trade Cole or Wheeler for a hot hitter since hitters are a bit more certain. (Paul Sporer)
2013-05-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Archie Bradley: Top pitching prospect in baseball?
(Liam from TX)
We are quick to discount/promote players based on small samples. Here's the truth: Bradley should have been ranked higher coming into this season, and he's certainly making a very good case for the top spot at his position, but its not like Taijuan Walker or Zack Wheeler or even Gerrit Cole have fallen on their faces or regressed. I'll explore this in more detail when we produce the mid-season Top 50, but its hard to say right now. Bradley will be in the Top 10; I guarantee that. Will he be the top arm? Not sure yet. (Jason Parks)
2013-05-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jameson Taillon appears to be having a better year, numbers wise, than Gerrit Cole. I realize this is a superficial statement/comparison on which to base this question, but possible to think Taillon ends up as the better MLB player? Likelihood if yes?
(btownsley36 from Crisco Bathtub)
It's possible to think that, yes. Taillon wasn't a late-round pick or anything. He was arguably the best arm in his class, and held frontline projections. He has the stuff to reach those heights. (Jason Parks)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty league in which I'm competing, but I'm weak at SP, I can trade 2 prospect picks, Gerrit Cole, & Brian McCann for Chris Sale and Alex Cobb. I'm leaning no because I lurve me some Cole. Still, I have Carlos Santana, and with Josh Johnson, Halladay, & Haren all disappointing, I could use the help (Rest of staff is Medlen, Moore, Gallardo, Wainwright, and CC). Should I pull the trigger?
(Jim Clancy from Exhibition Stadium)
I love Cole, too, but if you're in contention to win this year, you do the deal. Prospect love kills folks in these leagues bc they get married to endless cycle of the future and then they want to compete now and have future assets. Just focus on now. I'd do the deal. (Paul Sporer)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Im in a 12 team dynasty league where you have a 10 player minor league roster and I just got offered Gerrit Cole for Wil Myers Im struggling trading a bat for a pitcher especially one that could be Jay Bruce-esque but Cole does punch people out... thoughts?
(alkal247 from Philadelphia)
They're very, very close in value, but when in doubt, I lean towards the hitter. (Bret Sayre)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Wainwright counts. Any prospects you think could be true #1s or other vets that have that potential?
(nubber from tx)
A few others: Darvish, Matt Moore, Gerrit Cole, Dylan Bundy. (Bret Sayre)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Bret, how close do you think Allen Webster is to getting a call up? I currently roster Hultzen, Gerrit Cole and Gausman in a dynasty league. I have one pitching slot open that is occupied by Edwin Jackson. Are any others droppable for Webster? Also, Mike Olt is he a continue to hold onto prospect? I am holding Puig, Soler, Baez and Arcia(Twins) currently.
(Mr. Slate from Bedrock)
If he keeps pitching like he has been, it won't be long. But even if he got the call up tomorrow, I wouldn't drop Edwin Jackson for him. Mike Olt is worth holding, but if there's a better use of that spot, I'm not sure you'll miss him all that much if you had to cut bait. (Bret Sayre)
2013-04-04 11:00:00 (link to chat)If called up, Gerrit Cole can help Pirates right now since he is better than Jonathan Sanchez at present. true of false? Is he the only pitching prospect better than their no.5 in major league rotation? What about Taillon / Wheeler / Bauer / Walker / Hultzen?
(Jim from Seattle)
True. Cole could pitch in the Pirates rotation this season and represent an upgrade. (Jason Parks)
2013-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Of the top Minor League arms, who's mechanics impress you the most/least?
(Shawnykid23 from Newington)
We are really in a renaissance of young pitchers right now with respect to mechanics. I usually have many reservations with prospects, but the top arms right now are legit.

I really like Bundy because of the combination of stable baseline + room to improve. Taijuan Walker is fascinating, and though he is currently more volatile than Bundy, his peak delivery is even more impressive (I also dig the frame). Jameson Taillon has an incredibly advanced delivery for his age, and while Gerrit Cole has excellent mechanics and might have the higher ceiling, I believe Taillon will enjoy more immediate success when he is promoted to the bigs.

The one delivery that drives me nuts is Tyler Skaggs. He is completely inefficient in the effort to create deception, and I think that MLB hitters are going to expose his weaknesses. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-03-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Gerrit Cole, Heredia, and Anibal Sanchez for Braun in real MLB salary league, good deal? I still have some decent pitching prospects left, and I figure with Goldschmidt, Miggy, McCutchen, and Braun I am set offensively.
(Jay from CA)
Yes, I'd make that deal. It's only pitching, after all. (Bret Sayre)
2013-03-06 20:00:00 (link to chat)I inherited a team in a Dynasty: I need a 2B and a SS. Asdrubal Cabrera and Danny Espinosa are available(Espinosa has 2B and SS eligibility. However, I'm in the middle of a rebuilding and Oscar Taveras is available along with Gerrit Cole. I have 1st pick. Who would you go with? I am leaning Taveras.
(MerleDixon from PA)
Me too. (Paul Singman)
2013-02-25 11:00:00 (link to chat)I too share the #coleluv. Not many pitchers can boast those kinda grades on 3-4 different pitches. Could it all come together for Gerrit Cole in the bigs?
(Saintly Steven from Puerto Rico)
If it does he has a chance to be a legit number one, which I don't say very often. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2013-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Sam, will Gerrit Cole win a Cy Young award ? check the crystal ball,mate. thanks
(boatman44 from Liverpool )
Yes. He will win it in 2018 but he'll really have deserved it more in 2015.

Actually, you know, for the 1990s and 2000s so many CYs were won by Pedro, Clemens, Maddux and Johnson that not that many pitchers ever got to win it. There really isn't that guy right now, unless it's Strasburg coming along or maybe in retrospect we'll say Verlander. But the Cy Young might end up being something that everybody gets to win over the next 15 years. (Sam Miller)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you call a sandwich with many types of cold cuts, L, T, Oil and Vinegar? It's a sub, right? Not a hoagie. Nor a wedge. Should have bought a striker. Gerrit Cole is to Jeff Karstens as Shiner Bock is to Bud?
(Name from Place)
Sure, call it a sub or just a sammich. Im not a big fan of Shiner, despite my Texas roots. It doesn't hold a good chill and it gives me a headache if I consume more than three beers, which is often the case. (Jason Parks)
2013-01-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)In a keeper league w/ farm system (7x7 obp, xbh,hld, qs)- I am being offered my choice of Matt Moore or David Price, Tyler Skaggs, R. Soriano, Jonny Venters, and two-4 first round picks for my Gerrit Cole and Craig Kimbrel, and Clayton Kershaw. Yes, No, or Maybe So?
(Mitch from Buffalo)
I'm not sure what's going to be available at those picks, but unless it is substantial talent I would pass. (Josh Shepardson)
2013-01-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Super-Deep Dynasty league with auction draft... $500 budgets for 25 roster spots. If there's one player you want to build you team around (maybe 3-4 players if you're feeling generous!), who are they/is he?
(Steve from Dallas)
If starting from scratch, I'd absolutely love to build around Mike Trout or Bryce Harper, so will everyone else though. I'd probably try to nab a pair of high upside prospects/youngsters who have yet to breakout in the bigs such as Jurickson Profar, Manny Machado, or Gerrit Cole. Buying in on a young player coming off a disappointing year such as Eric Hosmer would also make a lot of sense. (Josh Shepardson)
2013-01-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)Other than Profar, Taveras, Myers and Bundy whom I anticipate ranking in the top 5 of most top prospect lists, who are the remaining top 3-5 offensive and SP prospects in the minors?
(Brian from Worcester MA)
On the pitching side you're looking at guys like Gerrit Cole, Zack Wheeler, Jose Fernandez and Jameson Taillon fitting in that top group. Of the position players, Byron Buxton, Travis d'Arnaud, Xander Bogaerts, and Francisco Lindor fit the bill. (Mark Anderson)
2013-01-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)Gerrit Cole seems to be getting all the attention right now. Do you think Jameson Taillon really has #1 potential?
(captnamerca from FL)
Cole gets a lot of attention because of his outstanding stuff and proximity to the big leagues. That recognition of Cole shouldn't make you believe Taillon is being overlooked. He is a strong talent in his own right and has front-of-the-rotation potential. I think Cole's ultimate ceiling will be higher, but Taillon's ceiling won't be anything to sneeze at. (Mark Anderson)
2013-01-16 13:30:00 (link to chat)Has Gerrit Cole been pitching up to his "stuff." I recall reading/hearing a lot last season about how while everyone is in agreement that he can be a monster, he hadn't been attacking hitters w/ his best.
(Michael from Bedford)
That's always been a question with Cole. He has absurd raw stuff but the results don't always match. That said, I'm not sure we could have expected much more as he pitched across three levels in 2012. He was dominating nearly all of the time. When I saw him live last year, I could quibble that I would have liked to have seen him attack with his fastball further down in the order, or that he could have played his change-up off his fastball a bit better, but for all I know, they were asking him to work on things in those instances. Everything I saw was fantastic and I have huge expectations for him. (Mark Anderson)
2012-12-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which player will develop into the better pitcher: Taijuan Walker or Gerrit Cole or Zack Wheeler?
(Kai from SLO)
Wheeler. I was impressed with what I saw from him this year. Electric, four pitch arsenal and the knowledge of how to use it. The other arms are very, very good, but I'm a Wheeler guy. (Chris Mellen)
2013-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Happy New Year! In trying to access Diamond Scape Scouting, I'm running into a lot of 404 error pages. FYI. Anyway can you give the OFP grades you gave to Stephen Strasburg, Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, Taijuan Walker, and Jose Fernandez? Thanks!
(AJ from Phoenix)
Hi AJ! Yes, DSS was taken off line when I decided to take the scouting services to private clients. The plan is still to bring it back online with a portion of the draft stuff available to readers (though Baseball Prospectus will really be where the writing is done). Here are the OFP rankings assigned to these players by DSS -- as a word of warning, this will help you see how I comparatively viewed the players at draft time, but the scale shouldn't really be projected against what Jason and the prospect team has doing with the Prospect Lists:
Strasburg - 64/67
Cole - 62/63
Gausman - 59/62
Bundy - 58/62
Taillon - 57/61
Fernandez - 55/57
Walker - 52/56 (Nick Faleris)
2013-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which starter would you rather build your rotation around and why? Zack Wheeler, Gerrit Cole or Taijuan Walker
(Kai from SLO)
Give me Cole simply because of the louder stuff and prototypical build. Could chance he'll be able to rack up innings and even if he loses some effectiveness due to an easy to track arm, the stuff is good enough to be effective at a mid-rotation level. (Nick Faleris)
2012-12-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks Geoff, I was offered Gerrit Cole for Wil Myers in a keeper league. Your gut reaction: make the deal?
(Keith from Manchester, CT)
Hi Keith, thanks for the question. These are fun deals and I could see this one from either side. Cole comes with greater risk because pitchers, but what a ceiling. I think I'd give Myers for him. (Geoff Young)
2012-11-15 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who are the next wave of prospects that are going to be MLB all-stars and upper-echelon players? Trevor Bauer? Billy Hamilton? Wil Myers?
(Steve G. from Athens, OH)
As you know, there is no such thing as a can't miss prospect, but all three are in that conversation (though Hamilton will be a bit more valuable in fantasy than real life). You can add to the list Dylan Bundy, Jurickson Profar, Manny Machado, and Gerrit Cole, among others. Keep an eye on Jason Parks and his prospect teams' Top 10 lists and their eventual Top 100 list. (Derek Carty)
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Have you figured out why guys like Hak Ju Lee randomly drive Gerrit Cole's fastball over the fenced area? I find it hard to believe he randomly gets hit so hard with such monster stuff.
(Jesse from Pittsburgh)
Good question. A good fastball is more than just velocity. It's like a pretty smile. Sure, it can make everything better, and against certain competition, a good smile can clean up the room. But quality hitter can square velocity, which makes movement, deception, and location big parts of the overall fastball equation, especially at the major league level. If they can see it, and it stays true, hitters with bat speed and/or fast triggers can put the barrel on it. If the pitch has some wiggle, the velo plays up even more because the barrel to ball relationship will become more difficult to establish. (Jason Parks)
2012-09-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)For Fantasy purposes please rank Bundy (AL East concern), Taijuan Walker (SafeCo), and Gerrit Cole (NL)? Bundy gets the nod as a regular prospect, but factoring in ballparks/opponents would this adjust your rankings speaking purely for fantasy baseball.
(Harold from NYC)
I'd rank them Cole, Bundy, Walker for 2013, switch Cole/Bundy for long-term. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-08-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Taijuan Walker made your top 10 prospects in the minors list a few weeks ago, as did Dylan Bundy and Gerrit Cole. Where do hurlers Jose Fernandez, Archie Bradley, and Matt Barnes factor in to your pitching prospect rankings?
(Francois from Toronto)
I would have Fernandez, Bradley, and Barnes in my top 25. Those are legit arms. I really, really like them. Barnes is the big sleeper there, He doesn't have the same extreme ceiling, but he can bring it and he's going to sneak up on people and develop into a quality major league starter. (Jason Parks)
2012-08-14 14:00:00 (link to chat)Assuming they both live up to their potential (that's a big assumption, I know), who do you think is better: Jameson Taillon or Gerrit Cole?
(captnamerca from FL)
I'm a sucker for pitcher strikeouts, so right now I'd go with Cole. They're both great talents though (no newsflash that). The new CBA really is a shame because I loved, just loved, what the Pirates were doing. Now they're hamstrung to a certain extent anyway by the new rules. I don't think it's going to destroy the game as some analysts seem to, but I do think that it evens the playing field. It is much more difficult for the really smart teams to exert their advantage under this system than under the previous one.

The Pirates have some good young players though for the first time in a while and that's a great thing for the Pirates and for baseball in general. (Matthew Kory)
2012-08-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Okay .... a real question now ... :-) If the Pirates do in fact reach the playoffs, can they rely on anyone beyond Burnett and McDonald .... do they even have a reliable #3?
(dianagram from VORGville)
Reliable, no, but the potential is there for Bedard to be that guy in October. This shouldn't be a problem in 2013 with Gerrit Cole around... man, I love Gerrit Cole. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-08-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Okay .... a real question now ... :-) If the Pirates do in fact reach the playoffs, can they rely on anyone beyond Burnett and McDonald .... do they even have a reliable #3?
(dianagram from VORGville)
Reliable, no, but the potential is there for Bedard to be that guy in October. Wandy could be that guy, too, This shouldn't be a problem in 2013 with Gerrit Cole around... man, I love Gerrit Cole. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-08-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Question on Julio Teheran. I've heard from a few places that his terrible numbers are the result of his working on a third pitch. Are there any numbers to support a large jump in curve balls thrown or should braves fans be legitimately worried?
(Okie brave from Baton rouge )
He has been working on his curve at Triple-A Gwinnett and, given his age, I'd say we're not quite at the point where we need to be legitimately concerned. It seems like he's been around forever, but he's younger than Gerrit Cole and has thrown 260 more Triple-A innings than Cole. Patience. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-06-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you surprised on Gerrit Cole's promotion? I have heard you gave him a floor of backend starter the day he was drafted.
(Cap'tn Cole from Ripping through minors)
Not surprised with promotion. He's going to be very good. He's already nearing that point. It can take time, and when we start to assume timetables we can get into trouble. The Pirates have a plan. (Jason Parks)
2012-05-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)I know Bundy is getting all the hype but Gerrit Cole seems to be getting it done as well. If the pirates could go back in time, would they make the same choice?
(Don Draper from New York)
He's been quite good, but Bundy has been crazy insane. As far as going back in time, if you missed it, I had Bundy as the No. 1 prospect in the draft last year. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-05-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Convince me why, if the 2011 MLB Draft were done today, why Gerrit Cole would still go 1-1.
(Kelvin from Manhattan)
Because he has better stuff than any of 'em. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-05-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)This season I drafted Bauer, Bundy, and Gary Brown with my first 3 dynasty picks, taking my two favorite prospects and CF that I badly needed. Did I make a mistake passing on Gerrit Cole with my third pick, or did I make the right move in filling my need?
(faztradamus from Chicago)
Maybe a small mistake. With prospects, I don't like to worry too much about need, but Brown is certainly a great prospect himself. (Derek Carty)
2012-04-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is there a tougher A level rotation than Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Colton Cain? They are stronger than many AA rotations.
(Chris from Cincinnati)
That's nasty. Two Texans in one rotation? Also, some guy named Gerrit Cole? That's not fair to other teams. I can't wait to see that team in action. Nasty. (Jason Parks)
2012-03-23 12:00:00 (link to chat)In a dynasty league a guy has been asking me a lot about Banuelos. The only player he has that I am interested in is Gerrit Cole. Obviously a heads up trade is out of the question. How much more would you want (as a Cole owner) in addition to ManBan (use players as an example)?
(Donald from Oak Park)
I think Cole has more upside but is also riskier due to the neck up issues. I really like Banuelos myself and his ability to change speeds. I'd rather have him than Cole right now. (Jason Collette)
2012-02-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Gerrit Cole over Shelby Miller. First time I've seen someone do that. Could you give me a one sentence explanation? Thanks
(Ryan from GR)
Way more stuff. (Kevin Goldstein)


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Gerrit Cole has thrown 4,114 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2011 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (97mph), also mixing in a Curve (85mph), Slider (87mph), Sinker (96mph) and Change (88mph).