Gerrit Cole joined the Houston Astros in 2018 after pitching for the Pirates from 2013 to 2017. In his first season with Houston, he led the majors in strikeouts per 9 innings (12.40), and finished with a 15-5 record, 278 strikeouts, and a 2.88 ERA. During the 2018 ALDS, Cole’s first postseason with the Astros, he became the second pitcher in Major League history to strikeout at least 12 hitters with no walks in the postseason. On July 22, 2019, the 3-time All-Star became the second fastest pitcher to reach 200 strikeouts on the season. Cole’s 2019 performance has made him one of the leading candidates for the AL Cy Young Award. This Rawlings official Major League baseball has been hand signed by Gerrit Cole. Each autograph is guaranteed authentic, and includes an individually numbered TRISTAR Authentic hologram.