Pirates nab Cole at No. 1

The chants of fans approval and criticisms were not heard at MLB Network’s Studio 42 in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Save that for the NFL draft.

Ping pong balls did not determine the draft order.

Save that for the NBA draft.

Nor were there green rooms, specialized draft hats or tricked out Armani suits. Rather, this draft, the MLB draft, was headlined by some of the game’s greatest legends and a new class of potential major league ballplayers.

The Pirates have faith that Gerrit Cole will lead that new generation.

Cole, a right handed pitcher from UCLA, went first overall to Pittsburgh. Cole is said to have the best “natural stuff” in this draft class. It took more than that generic term to take Cole, though.

He stands at 6-4 and weighs in at 220 pounds. That large and powerful frame may have been the biggest drawing factor in the selection. It surely wasn’t his 6-8 record and 3.31 ERA from his last year as a Bruin. But, his 376 strikeouts in 322.1 innings through a 3-year career opened eyes. Add a mid 90s fastball and strong breaking pitches and Cole could be a unique pitcher in a few years.

Obviously Cole doesn’t have the flair of name recognition of the two No. 1 picks that preceded him (Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper). He will, however, be forever grouped with three other pitchers chosen directly after him. Danny Hultzen (Mariners), Trevor Bauer (Diamondbacks) and Dylan Bundy (Orioles) all are unique pitchers in their own way and have the distinction of being the only four pitcher chosen in a row to start the MLB Draft.

A decade from now, one of these pitchers will have at least one Cy Young trophy sitting on a shelf of their five story mansion.

I sure hope Gerrit Cole gets a space cleared off soon.

photo credits: pirateprospects.com

4 Comments

Cole looked absolutely stoked to be chosen by the Pirates as well, which makes sense. He could be a huge part of history in a few seasons if the Pirates continue on their improving path.
Yeah, I watched a little bit of the draft. I work from home most days and need noise on in the background. Besides, it’s hokey, but I actually like watching the proto-rookies get excited and hearing some of the historical tidbits they drop in between decisions.
— Kristen

I didn’t get to watch the draft last night, but I think Cole and Bauer are two studs and have the best chance at getting that Cy Young in 10 years. Good pick by the Pirates.

Ron

I almost forgot that the draft was happening last night. After all, a draft is not a draft without an overhyped Scott Boras product ;)
Catherine

With the picks of Stetson Allie and Jameson Taillon in 2010, and Gerrit Cole this year, the Pirates are headed in the right direction.
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