Cole reaches triple digits in pro debut

No. 1 overall pick allows three runs over 2 1/3 innings in AFL

Gerrit Cole threw 35 of 52 pitches for strikes in his Fall League debut. (Jordan Meganhardt/

By Ashley Marshall / Special to | October 14, 2011 10:07 PM ET

Surprise 16, Mesa 8
Pirates prospect Gerrit Cole, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 Draft, gave up three runs on three hits over 2 1/3 innings in his professional debut for Mesa. He walked one and struck out two, reaching 100 mph with his fastball. Rays prospect Tim Beckham was 4-for-5 with two triples, two doubles, four RBIs and three runs scored for Surprise, while Matt Dominguez, the Marlins' top prospect, collected three hits, including a solo homer, and two RBIs. Recap | Gameday box score

Salt River 7, Phoenix 5
Tigers prospect Rob Brantly was 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs and David Nick (D-backs) also had a pair of hits to raise his average to .417 as the first-place Rafters won their third consecutive game. Minor League RBI leader Nolan Arenado (Rockies) singled in the tying run in a four-run seventh inning and Ryan Wheeler (D-backs) put Salt River in front with another RBI base hit. Cody Puckett (Reds) and Rob Segedin (Yankees) homered in the Desert Dogs' seventh straight loss. Recap | Gameday box score

Peoria 14, Scottsdale 5
Jedd Gyorko homered twice, drove in four runs and scored four times, while fellow Padres prospect Jaff Decker went 2-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs to power the Javelinas past the Scorpions. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper,'s No. 2 prospect, plated two runs with a two-out triple in the seventh inning. Mets prospect Collin McHugh got the win after allowing two runs on three hits over four innings. Recap | Gameday box score

Ashley Marshall is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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