Gerrit Cole, Starting Pitcher, Pittsburgh Pirates, #45
Date of Birth: 9/8/1990
Birthplace: Newport Beach, California
Current Salary: $3,750,000
Nickname: Cole Train
Gerrit Cole, starting pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates, was drafted out of high school by the New York Yankees in 2008 but he opted instead to go to UCLA. Three years later, he was drafted by the Pirates.
Cole pitched in the minor leagues through part of 2013. He finished his minor league career with a 2.84 ERA and a 14-10 record. In 2013, he pitched 117.1 innings in 19 games with the Pirates. He finished the season with a 10-7 record, 100 strikeouts to 28 walks, and a 3.22 ERA. He pitched 138.0 innings in 22 games in 2014, finishing the season with an 11-5 record, 138 strikeouts to 40 walks, and a 3.65 ERA.
Cole had a strong 2015 season, finishing with a 19-8 record, 202 strikeouts to 44 walks, and a 2.60 ERA in 208.0 innings in 32 games. He did not fare well in the postseason Wild Card game, pitching 5.0 innings and giving up 6 hits, 2 home runs, and 4 earned runs for a 7.20 ERA.
Cole spent time on the DL in 2016. He finished the season with a 3.88 ERA, 7 wins to 10 losses, and 98 strikeouts to 36 walks in 116.0 innings in 21 games.
Career pitching statistics for Cole through 2016 include:
- 94 games played
- 579.1 innings pitched
- 47-30 win-loss record
- 538 strikeouts to 148 walks
- 3.23 ERA