Pirates Passing On Rendon & Cole?

By: Mike Vukovcan

PITTSBURGH (KDKA)- The Pittsburgh Pirates have the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft. For months, baseball insiders have said that the Bucs will select either Rice 3B Anthony Rendon or UCLA RHP Gerrit Cole. Now it appears as though a third player has entered the discussion.

Could the Pirates select Virginia’s Danny Hultzen with the No. 1 overall selection in June’s draft?

John Perrotto of Baseball Prospectus first reported back on May 2 that Hultzen had emerged as the third player that the Pirates would consider.

Last night on the MLB Network, Peter Gammons said that “some executives think the Pirates will take Hultzen.”

Hultzen is 9-1 with a 1.19 ERA at Virginia. In 75.2 innings pitched, he has 112 strikeouts and just 12 walks.

People are getting concerned over Rendon’s history of recent injuries (shoulder & ankle) and Cole’s slip in production this season at UCLA. Some are worried about the amount of pitches that Cole has already thrown and whether his arm/shoulder will hold up.

Here’s a little background on Hultzen:
*Throws a low-to-mid 90s fastball, a change-up and a slider
*Always attacks and is in the strike zone, drawing comparisons to Cliff Lee
*Career record at Virginia: 28-3
*Smooth delivery and consistent, repeatable mechanics
*NL evaluator on Hultzen’s command: “His command would probably be top 10 in the big leagues right now, he just doesn’t miss.”
*High character type kid
*Arizona selected him in the 10th round back in the 2008 draft, he decided to attend college

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  1. ANDY VAN SLYKE says:

    AND THE BUCS CONTINUE TO IMPRESS BY NOT SPENDING THE MONEY ON 1 OF THE 2 BEST OUT THERE LETS SETTLE FOR NUMBER 3,,,,,

  2. Barry B or double b says:

    lets sign sid bream

  3. Jose Chico Lind says:

    Wheres the coke,,,and did somebody see my drawers

  4. Jim Borowski says:

    Andy – you seem to be forgetting the money they’ve shelled out the past few years on Alvarez, Allie, Taillon, Heredia?

  5. RandyRandyTime says:

    I HOPE THEY DRAFT 3B ANTHONY RENDON HE IS A SLUGGER WHO CAN PLAY 1ST 3RD OR LF….SO FAR JOSE TABATA IS A BUST SO PUT ANTHONY RENDON IN LF!!!!! AND JOSE TABATA WOULD THEN BECOME A 4TH OUTFIELDER!!!!!

  6. Thinkb4uSpeak says:

    Tabata being a bust is off base… he is a solid fielder and at one point earlier on in the season, he was tied with Ichiro Suzuki for the most hits since last year’s all star break.

  7. Brad says:

    Folks, if you know anything about baseball, ANYTHING, rendon is NOT the pick. You build championships with pitching. Cole or hultzen is the pick. Hultzen may not be the 3rd best player. He is the top pitcher in a tough ACC featuring unc, Miami, fsu, wake forest, Clemson , Georgia tech all big time baseball programs and he still has lost only 3 games in his career. If this kid’s mechanics are strong, he can locate pitches and change speeds, he is the pick

  8. Mon River Towing says:

    Hultzen’s resume reminds me of Brad Lincoln, Danny Moskos, John Van Benschoten etc. First pick overall you have to go with the high heat. The ceiling is too high on Cole to pass him up. You have to take a pitcher though.

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