I had to do a double-take earlier this week when I read the news that Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole was unhappy about not making the team out of spring training.
Here’s what he told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review:
It’s frustrating, because I pitched well.
And what he told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:
I really worked hard here, and I put together a lot of good outings, especially if I didn’t have my stuff. I tried to give them a lot of opportunities to not make this decision. But in the end, it still happened.
Cole went 1-0 in 10 innings this spring. He had a 3.60 earned-run average with seven strikeouts. Decent stats, but not overpowering enough to convince anyone he was ready.
And it doesn’t take much knowledge to understand that high-profile prospects like Cole don’t make rosters out of spring anymore.
Whether they admit it or not, teams wait an extra month or two before promoting someone to control that extra year of eligibility.
That’s simply part of the game.
It’s hard to believe Cole doesn’t understand that. Or understand the Pirates.
That much is easy to figure out.
You probably can bet that Cole will remember this when he’s a free agent.
I doubt there will be a hometown discount.
– Rick Green (follow me @ETNrgreen)