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.

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