BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon understand they're the future of the Pittsburgh Pirates' pitching rotation but insist they're focusing on the present.
The former first round picks are in spring training with the Pirates as non-roster invitees so management can get an up-close look at their development.
So far, so good. The good friends on Friday played in Pittsburgh's annual Black/Gold scrimmage. Both pitched two scoreless innings and looked right at home against big league hitters.
Neither right-handed pitcher is expected to make the club coming out of camp, though there's a chance the 22-year-old Cole could be in Pittsburgh by midseason. It may take a bit longer for the 21-year-old Taillon, though catcher Russell Martin says both have major league talent.

MLB Top Stories

Thumbnail Phils hope to survive vs. Bumgarner, Giants The Giants have been thoroughly impressive at AT&T Park this season. Tonight’s starter, though, seems capable of flirting with perfection every time he...
Thumbnail Cardinals ask bullpen to wake up vs. M's St. Louis can’t ask for much more from its starting staff. The bullpen, however, suddenly represents a huge area of concern.
Thumbnail Red Sox vs. Rangers Pick Can the Boston Red Sox pick up another win over the Texas Rangers when they meet tonight at 9:20PM ET?
Thumbnail Pirates aim to shift momentum vs. Dodgers No one outside of the Rust Belt area is quite prepared endorse Clint Hurdle’s club as a legitimate playoff contender all over again. Last night’s turn of...
Thumbnail Mets vs. Braves Pick The Atlanta Braves look to bounce back at home when they host the New York Mets at 7:15PM ET.
More inMLB Articles  

MLB Team Pages