Yankees ace Gerrit Cole throws gas, strikes out two in spring training debut for new team
The club's new ace looked strong in his first outing in pinstripes
Yankees right-hander Gerrit Cole made his spring training debut for his new team in Monday's game against one of his former squads, the Pirates. In the Yankees' third exhibition game of the spring, Cole threw one inning (20 pitches, 12 for strikes) and finished with two strikeouts and allowed a walk.
Cole's fastball hit 98 miles per hour in his outing and reached 97 mph several times, according to the stadium radar gun. He got his first out when he forced Pirates second baseman Adam Frazier to pop out to shortstop. His first strikeout came when outfielder Bryan Reynolds swung and missed on an off-speed pitch in the dirt, while his second strikeout on first baseman Josh Bell ended the inning. The lone walk of the outing came from Pirates infielder Cole Tucker, who worked a six-pitch free pass after falling behind to an 0-2 count. Cole was replaced by left-hander Jordan Montgomery.
Cole called the outing "fun" and said he enjoyed working with new battery mate, Gary Sanchez.
Last season for the Astros, Cole finished with a 20-5 record (including 16 straight wins), a 2.50 ERA and a league-best 326 strikeouts. He MLB career that he finished in the top five of the Cy Young balloting., behind his former teammate Justin Verlander. It was the third time in Cole's seven-year
Paxton, 31, will be Domingo German, who is .after undergoing back surgery. After missing last season with shoulder and lat problems, Severino, 26, and may not be ready for Opening Day. The Yankees are also without right-hander
New York's pitching depth chart will have Cole at the top with right-hander Masahiro Tanaka and left-hander J.A. Happ slotted in as the club's No. 2 and 3 starters for the time being. Montgomery, who missed all of the 2018 and 2019 seasons due to Tommy John surgery, and right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga would currently round out the Yankees' rotation.
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