Report: Pirates To Select Cole

By: Mike Vukovcan

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Neal Huntington and the Pirate scouts have been trying to choose between Anthony Rendon, Danny Hultzen and Gerrit Cole for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft.

Baseball general managers and scouts can see the Pirates selecting either one of those three talented players.

However, Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is reporting that the Pirates have made up their mind.

Kovacevic is reporting today that the Pirates have decided on Cole.

The Pirates have concerns about Rendon’s injured shoulder and feel Hultzen is a good pitcher but doesn’t have the ceiling that Coles does.

The righthander from UCLA is a power pitcher, able to reach 100 MPH and has “devastating off speed stuff.”

Despite being a power pitcher and a workhorse for the UCLA team, Cole has no history of arm injuries.

From everything that I’m told, Cole is a player that isn’t going to spend much time in the minors.

Here’s something that’s pretty exciting to think about.

Pirates Future Starting Rotation: Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Stetson Allie, Charlie Morton, Colton Cain.

The 2011 MLB Draft begins Monday at 7 p.m. and is being televised on the MLB Network.

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  1. Buc-eye says:

    “Here’s something that’s pretty exciting to think about.
    Pirates Future Starting Rotation: Gerrit Cole, Jameson Taillon, Stetson Allie, Charlie Morton, Colton Cain.”
    All of which will be traded for some bum hitting a buck 50 with some other minor league team. Pirates will “season” them and trade b/c we can’t (or won’t shell out the money) to pay them

  2. Brad says:

    The future rotation for the pirates? And you list those 5? Granted, they have a high up side. But none of them have done anything. The only one with pro experience has been good, for a quarter of a season in Charlie Morton. If this is what we are hanging our hat on… We are in some trouble.
    Also, buc eye, I don’t think we will be trading many of the young guys for quite sometime. In reality, if any of the talent we have can’t help us twin a world series. Then they should be traded for a prospect or two. That being said, no one is untouchable. No one.
    These young guys though, will be under contract for years. We will keep them in the minors as long as we can, then sign them to a major league deal to save money.

  3. Dan says:

    I will be really excited if we take cole considering he was under .500 in college baseball and if you look at the stats hes the fifth best pitcher on his team and we want him first overall…. it must be that he obviously is the one asking for the least money. He seriously stinks

  4. gary says:

    the bucs are missing out on an impact player in rendon if they pick cole. rendon would score runs for our new picthing staff of the future.

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