The Pittsburgh Pirates did not have to bring Gerrit Cole to Spring Training, but they did.
The experience Cole gained could prove invaluable as he begins his trek to the major leagues. Cole will probably start the season playing High-A ball in Bradenton but could see a promotion if all goes well.
The Pirates are not rushing their future-ace. Instead, they want him ready when the time comes.
If he continues what he started this spring, Pirate fans will be very happy with what Cole becomes.