Budding Pittsburgh Pirates ace Gerrit Cole remains unbeaten

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Will Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg or Matt Harvey mature into the most dominant pitcher in baseball?

Budding star Gerrit Cole helped the Pittsburgh Pirates defeat the Angeles 5-2 on Friday night in Anaheim.

Allowing only two runs and four hits over 6.1 innings, the 6-foot-4, 220 pound Cole (3-0, 3.44 ERA) has now won all three of his starts as a professional.

An Orange County native, Cole snubbed the New York Yankees in 2008 to instead take classes at UCLA.

“It was a lot of fun to see everybody and be back in California,” said Cole, 22, who was chosen first overall out of Westwood in 2011. “I wasn’t expecting to be back here for another few months, so it was great.”

Consistently reaching 96 mph and exhibiting complete command on the hill, Cole gives the Pirates (44-30) one of the more formidable rotations in baseball.

Using a fastball, slider and changeup, the former Bruin has incredible stuff and is nearly untouchable when operating properly.

Provided the youngster avoids firewater, smack and groupie beaver, it’s difficult to envision that Cole won’t remain a menacing Pirate for many years.

Competing with the St. Louis Cardinals and Cincinnati Reds for supremacy in the National League Central, Gerrit Cole and the Pirates may actually give residents of the “Steel City” a reason to watch America’s pastime this summer.

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