Gerrit Cole threw six shutout innings on Sunday, retiring 18 of the 19 batters he faced in his third rehab start. He needed just 73 pitches to get through his outing, 49 went for strikes. Here, he picks up his third strikeout of the day. You’ll notice the pitch speeds are shown at the top corner of the screen.
Andrew Lambo went the other way on this two-run triple from Saturday night. He now has a .341/.407/.547 slash line through 47 games at Indianapolis. His .955 OPS is 22 points higher than what he put up in AAA last year during his breakout season. With the Indianapolis season ending on September 1st and a recent slide pushing them from first place down to 4.5 games back in the standings, Lambo should be with the Pirates no later than September 2nd, providing them with a strong lefty bat off the bench.
Catcher Elias Diaz smoked the ball the other way on this sacrifice fly from Saturday night. He has hit in 14 straight games, helping him to a .324/.370/.442 slash line through 89 games this year. Diaz is batting .436 during the streak, with eight extra-base hits.
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.
When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.