2011 overall #1 pick Gerrit Cole will make his MLB debut tonight for the Pirates against the Giants. The big RHP out of UCLA is ranked at or near the top of many prospect lists: #7 on Baseball America’s 2013 Top 100, #8 on MLB.com’s 2013 Prospect Watch and #1 in the Pirate organization (Baseball America).
Cole has a mark of 5-3 with a 2.91 ERA in 12 starts at AAA Indianapolis this year. In 68 IP he has allowed 44 hits and 28 BB with 47 K’s while opponents are batting .190 against him.
Cole will get his first taste of major league action at 7:05PM ET as the Pirates take on the defending World Series champs and starter Tim Lincecum.