Yankees' Gerrit Cole reportedly hitting up to 99 mph in sim games
New York Yankees pitcher Gerrit Cole consistently threw his fastball between 96 and 99 miles per hour during a simulation game on Thursday, according to pitching coach Matt Blake.
The Yankees inked Cole, the 2019 American League Cy Young Award runner-up, to a massive 9-year, $324 million contract during the offseason to get them over the hump - they've lost in the ALCS twice in the past three seasons. Hearing that his fastball hasn't lost its bite even after nearly four months without organized team activity has to be music to the organization's ears right now.
Our models project Cole for a 3.20 ERA with a 1.04 WHIP, 103 strikeouts and 19 walks across 75.9 innings pitched.
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