TAMPA — All-Star pitcher, world-class talker — in a good way, Aaron Boone made clear regarding his new ace.
“He probably goes into the most detail [about pitching] that I’ve seen,” the Yankees manager said of Gerrit Cole, who threw his second official bullpen session on Friday morning at George M. Steinbrenner Field.
Gerrit Cole talks pitching with Gary Sanchez as Aaron Boone looks on.Charles Wenzelberg
Cole showed off his immense grasp of and enormous enthusiasm for pitching when he was introduced at a Yankee Stadium news conference in December. That high energy has carried over to camp in the form of Cole dissecting his pitching with folks up and down the Yankees’ food chain.
“[It] seems like there’s no stone left unturned with him,” Boone said. “And he really has a specific understanding or intention with everything he’s doing. Which I think is really valuable not only for him, obviously, because his intelligence is part of what makes him great, along with having elite characteristics to his pitches, but his ability to communicate with myself, the pitching coach, catchers, teammates.
“I think it really benefits him, and it’s hopefully something that speeds up that learning curve for all of us that are trying to learn and support him. As well as speeding up the building of those relationships.”