“The most rewarding thing to me is going deep into games. Knowing you stood up and did your job.”Gerrit Cole
New York Yankees’ ace Gerrit Cole is one of the best pitchers in Major League Baseball. Cole originally was taken in the first round of Baseball’s Amateur Draft in 2008 by the Yankees. He didn’t sign, choosing instead to attend UCLA. The Pittsburgh Pirates selected him with the first overall pick in the 2011 Draft, and he received an eight million dollar signing bonus. Cole pitched for the Pirates and Houston Astros prior to becoming a free agent and signing a nine year $324 million dollar deal with the Yankees in 2020. Gerrit Cole has been an All-Star three times and at age 30 has won over 100 games in the Major Leagues.
Gerrit Cole is having another terrific season for the Yankees in 2021! His record is 4-1 and his ERA is a miniscule 1.43! Before Cole got to the Major Leagues, he pitched for the Indianapolis Indians in 2013, He went 5-3 for the Tribe with a 2.91 ERA. You could see that he had a great arm with unlimited potential, but there was a concern. Cole would get visibly upset when things were not going well. A pitcher cannot afford to do that because then things can snowball and get out of hand. Cole overcame that issue, and he is one tough competitor! He became a great pitcher when he was traded from the Pirates to the Astros. With the Astros, he changed his approach going from his two seam fastball (sinker) to his four seam fastball and throwing it up in the strike zone. Instead of trying to induce weak contact, he started missing bats. The game has changed, and Gerrit Cole changed, too! Gerrit also is durable. He’s 30 years old and has not had Tommy John surgery. Gerrit Cole grew up a Yankee fan in California, and Yankee fans are delighted that when he was a free agent, he chose to become a Yankee!