What was reported yesterday is now official. The Pirates announced this afternoon that top prospect right-hander Gerrit Cole will make his major league debut Tuesday night against the Giants in Pittsburgh.
Selected No. 1 overall in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Cole owns a 2.84 ERA over 38 starts in the minors. This includes a 2.91 ERA in 12 starts this season with Triple-A Indianapolis.
Cole has surprisingly only averaged 6.2 K/9 this season, but there’s no doubt that he has the building blocks of a frontline starting pitcher. The 22-year-old is capable of hitting 100 mph with his fastball and throws a hard biting slider. Exciting times for the Pirates, who entered play today at 36-25 on the year.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers may be interested in Jake Arrieta.
The Brewers could definitely use a front line starter, especially with Jimmy Nelson slated to miss a good chunk of next season due to a rotator cuff injury. Arrieta will be expensive, obviously, but the Brewers have a lot more payroll flexibility than most teams, with only minimal money due on long term contracts. Most of that is for Ryan Braun, but even the outlay for him is reasonable, with deferred money involved. Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel laid all of that out back in October.
Milwaukee had a surprisingly good 2017 and they have the ability to add in free agency or to take on salary in trades if they want to. Maybe they don’t get Arrieta but they could make a splash this offseason.