Pirates pitchers Cole and Taillon featured in All-Star Futures Game
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Blue-chip Pirates prospects Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon were featured in the All-Star Futures Game today at Kauffman Stadium, a showcase of some of the best minor league players.
Both right-handed pitchers struggled in one inning each for the U.S. Team. The U.S Team beat the World Team, 17-5.
Cole surrendered a two-run home run with two outs in the second inning. He struck out two batters, walked another and watched Chicago Cubs prospect Jae-Hoon Ha smack a home run off a 95-mph fastball.
Cole, 21, hit 100 mph and 99 mph on the radar gun in his one-inning outing. He threw 21 pitches, 14 strikes. He pitches for Class AA Altoona.
Taillon allowed one earned run on two hits -- both doubles -- and needed a highlight-reel double play by shortstop Manny Machado, an Orioles prospect, to escape the sixth inning. All three of his outs came on balls hit in play.
Taillon, 20, threw his fastball between 96 mph and 98 mph, hitting the latter number frequently. He threw 17 pitches, 12 strikes. He pitches for Class A Bradenton.
The Pirates selected Cole with the first-overall pick in the 2011 draft and selected Taillon with the second-overall pick in the 2010 draft.
First Published July 8, 2012 7:32 pm