Gerrit Cole has joined the party. We’ve already been treated to plenty of standout performances from the 2011 draft class, but Cole, its No. 1 pick, had yet to come up with a signature performance of his own. Cole was just 0-1, 4.76 through his first four starts for high Class A Bradenton, but he made everyone forget about that on Monday.
The righthander threw six one-hit shutout innings against Jupiter, a lineup with no shortage of prospects of its own, most notably Marlins top prospect Christian Yelich. Cole struck out six and faced just one hitter over the minimum. He allowed a first inning single to Marcell Ozuna but promptly induced a groundball double play from Yelich, and the only other baserunner he allowed was on a two-out walk in the fifth after he’d retired 12 straight hitters.
Cole earned his first professional win and dropped his ERA to 3.52 in 23 innings, to go with a 29-7 strikeout-walk ratio.