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  1. Great stuff, David. I see Cole arriving sometime around the All-Star break and being somewhat successful, especially his first time through line-ups/teams.

    Thanks for this.

    Comment by CabreraDeath — February 5, 2013 @ 9:12 am

  2. I think Cole would be a good fit for the Kris Medlen path, which I’m sure is soon to be adopted by most MLB teams. Start him off in the ‘pen for long relief to get him accustomed to what he will face. If a starter goes down or is struggling, he is ready to face MLB hitters and will not have compiled too many innings. As a young guy, and especially as a flamethrower, I think that would work out best for him. Not to mention he could just throw fastball/slider and be dominant in the bullpen for while he’s there.

    Comment by Dan Ugglas Forearm — February 5, 2013 @ 9:40 am

  3. Can’t wait for the season to start!! LETS GO BUCS!!!

    Comment by rotowizard — February 5, 2013 @ 9:46 am

  4. I applaud your enthusiasm.

    Comment by Hurtlockertwo — February 5, 2013 @ 9:47 am

  5. Very informative interview, as always.

    What drives me bonkers is how prevalent the idea is that strikeouts aren’t something you should be trying to get and that they drive your pitch counts way up. It’s walks that kill pitch counts.

    Comment by Dan Rozenson — February 5, 2013 @ 11:05 am

  6. I think the philosophy stems from the belief that most strikeouts occur when the batter swings at a ball that end up outside the strike zone, therefore a disciplined hitter may not swing at those pitches outside the strike zone, therefore elevating the pitch count.

    A simple way to do a correlation would be to take the top strikeout starters in the majors and compare their average pitchers per batter faced against other starting pitchers who don’t strike a lot of guys out and see who throws more pitches.

    I bet you’d find that strikeout pitchers throw more pitches on average per batter.

    Comment by Johnhavok — February 5, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

  7. Though to blanace things out, they may face fewer batters than contact-oriented pitchers.

    Comment by Johnhavok — February 5, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

  8. When I played it was always harped on that they should be “On or out in 3 pitches.” Our goal was 11 pitch innings. Anytime we got under 9 pitches in an inning we got an upgrade on our meal money. If you’re averaging 11 pitches per inning you’re on track to go deep into the game. I found this strategy effective in helping to be conscious and aware of pitch counts.

    Comment by KCExile — February 5, 2013 @ 2:38 pm

  9. Seems like a really mature ballplayer, I like his attitude. Great interview.

    Comment by Kyle Murray — February 5, 2013 @ 2:39 pm

  10. Reminds of a story about a pitcher that kept asking his pitching coach “how many pitches have I thrown?” to the point it was driving the coach crazy.

    So, one day the coach kept track of all the pitches this guy threw on the day … warmups, bullpen, in between innings, in the game, etc. The pitcher kept asking and finally the coach said something like “263 pitches”.

    Comment by CircleChange11 — February 5, 2013 @ 4:32 pm

  11. If the platoons at Rf and 1B work well enough, then I think the Bucs have a strong chance to win 83-85 or so games. The rotation lacks a true ace unless Cole can fill that role. Otherwise I like the depth of the rotation and the big improvement defensively at catcher. I feel this team has a better than average chance this season to win more than it loses on paper. At least better odds than I gave them last summer. If Cole comes up and becomes the ACE sooner than expected, then I think the wild card is not out of the question. This all assumes the two platoons work. On paper they seem like strong ideas. But the Pirates do have a knack for under performing analysis, so who knows.

    Comment by Kiss my Go Nats — February 5, 2013 @ 5:14 pm

  12. Good interview. Should be a future ace hopefully, lesser teams like Pittsburgh deserve to have their own ace for once. But what about Taillon? Drafted earlier and yet noones talking about him only Cole.

    Comment by Swfcdan — February 5, 2013 @ 7:31 pm

  13. Taillon was drafted out of high school, so they’re actually about the same age. He’s got a few more rough edges to polish….should be hearing the same stories about him this time next year.

    Comment by Jeremy — February 5, 2013 @ 9:53 pm

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