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UCLA's Cole will go #1 in draft

Posted on: June 6, 2011 9:21 am
Edited on: June 6, 2011 9:44 pm
The Pirates plan to make hard-throwing UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole the top pick in the draft, a baseball source confirmed to Monday morning.

Cole, whose fastball has been clocked at 100 mph, finished his junior season with the Bruins with a 6-8 record, a 3.31 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 114 1/3 innings. UCLA was eliminated from the NCAA tournament with a Sunday night loss to UC Irvine.

The Pirates had narrowed their search to three players -- Cole, University of Virginia right-hander Danny Hultzen and Rice University third baseman Anthony Rendon -- before settling on Cole.

Rendon is expected to go to the Mariners with the second pick, and the Diamondbacks will likely take Cole's UCLA teammate Trevor Bauer third. The rest of the first round is harder to call, but Hultzen and high school kids Dylan Bundy and Bubba Starling are widely regarded as three players who should go very quickly after Cole, Rendon and Bauer -- but not necessarily in that order. There has also been talk that the Orioles will take Oklahoma high school pitcher Archie Bradley with the fourth pick.

Assuming that Cole and Bauer go 1-3, and that seemed very likely as of midday Monday, they would be the first teammates drafted that high since 1978, when Arizona State's Bob Horner and Hubie Brooks went first (to the Braves) and third (to the Mets).

Cole was the Yankees' first-round pick in 2008, but refused to even consider an offer, telling them he was determined to go to college. He and Bauer led UCLA to a second-place finish at the College World Series last year (Cole was 11-4 with a 3.37 ERA, with 153 strikeouts in 123 innings), but Cole and the team had a disappointing 2011 season.

Pirates scouting director Greg Smith has a history of success at picking pitchers. He selected Justin Verlander in 2005, when he was the Tigers' scouting director, and last year with the Pirates he chose Jameson Taillon, now regarded as one of the top pitching prospects in the minor leagues.

The draft begins at 7 p.m., and the first round will be shown on the MLB Network.

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Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: June 6, 2011 5:56 pm

UCLA's Cole will go #1 in draft

I like the way the Pirates are rebuilding.  As a life-long fan, it was tough to watch the management debacle through the 90's and early 2000's.  We were definately more of a AAAA team that provided a feeder system for much of MLB.  However, I can finally see progress and feel a commitment to getting better.  If you build it, they will come.  This was evident this weekend during the Philly series.  The team was competitive, exciting and actually won the series, doing so in front of record crowds.  The Bucs have a good core of MLB players and have created a farm system that is one of the best in baseball.  Their bullpen has been one of the best in baseball this year.  The approach to drafting, developing and/or acquiring strong young arms mirrors the success of teams like the Giants, Braves, Marlins, Phils ect...  Good pitching can give you a chance in every game.  I hope they pick the best pitcher with most upside and it seems to be Cole this year.  Recently, the Pirates have been taking the right steps and seem to be committed in developing their core group of everyday players.  I'm enjoying the journey and am excited for the team and the future.  I don't think they're too far from being legit.  Go Bucs!

Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: June 6, 2011 5:18 pm

UCLA's Cole will go #1 in draft

I think you gotta take the 3rd baseman, Alverez is not producing and a position player can impact the big league team faster

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