Rookies make NL wild-card rosters

Cincinnati rookie outfielder Billy Hamilton and Pittsburgh
rookie pitcher Gerrit Cole were both placed on the 25-man roster
for Tuesday night’s NL wild-card game.

Hamilton was thrown out just once in 14 stolen base attempts
after being called up from Triple-A Louisville in September and hit
.368 in 13 games with the Reds. Cincinnati’s roster for the
wild-card game also includes RHP Mike Leake, who will be available
in an emergency if starter Johnny Cueto falters.

Cole, the top pick in the 2011 MLB amateur draft, was arguably
Pittsburgh’s top starter down the stretch. The right-hander went
10-7 with a 3.22 ERA in 19 starts after being promoted to the
majors in June. The 23-year-old is 4-0 with a 1.69 ERA since Sept.
1. He will only be used if starter Francisco Liriano struggles or
is injured.