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The Pirates have seen a large influx of talent come through the major league roster and minor league farm system since Neal Huntington took over GM in 2008. No longer thought to be a minor league system for other major league teams, the Pirates are starting to be in the conversations for contending for the past 3 years.
2010 was a disatrous season for the Pirates.
But there's a saying that for all bad things, you will be returned twice the glory. That came true in the 2011 MLB draft when the Pirates selected Gerrit Cole #1 overall and were able to add Josh Bell in the 2nd round. Gerrit Cole is a future ace pitcher. He can reach back and hit triple digits from time to time and like Justin Verlander his velocity goes up as the game goes on.
Last month I showed off my Alex Rodriguez and David Ortiz dual auto that Topps sent me as a replacement for my Gerrit Cole & Andrew McCutchen dual auto redemption from 2012 Bowman. I informed you all how I was disappointed that I couldn't add the Dual Auto of the Franchise All-Stars. I saw a couple copies of the card hit the open market and when I found one for a decent price, I decided I better pull the trigger before prices on this card sky rocket when Cole makes his MLB debut.
|2012 Bowman Chrome Franchise All-Stars Dual AUTO 17/25|