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Report: Pirates expected to take Gerrit Cole with No. 1 pick

Jun 4, 2011, 11:06 AM EDT

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As opposed to the past two years, there isn’t an obvious No. 1 pick in Monday’s First-Year Player Draft. This has led to spirited debate about who the Pirates may select. Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon, UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole and Virginia left-hander Danny Hultzen have been mentioned most frequently in the past few weeks, but it appears that the Pirates have a made a decision.

Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette is hearing that the Pirates will select Gerrit Cole with the first pick in Monday’s draft.

Cole, 20, arguably has the highest ceiling of any pitcher in the draft. Standing at 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Cole can touch 100 mph with his heater and also throws a plus-changeup. He was previously selected by the Yankees with the No. 28 pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, but decided to attend UCLA.

Buster Olney of reported this morning that other teams are anticipating that the Mariners will take a position player with the No. 2 pick. Anthony Rendon would seem to be the favorite, though high school outfielder Bubba Starling is another possibility.

By the way, if you are looking for some in-depth draft insight, check out this piece by Patrick Daugherty of Rotoworld.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Jun 4, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Can you say Bust?

  2. royalsfaninfargo - Jun 4, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Rendon has shoulder problems and wont let anyone see his medical files, thanks to Scott Boras. That is throwing a lot of teams off. Bubba Starling is from the KC area so i am praying he falls to the Royals at #5. Other than that the draft is always pretty cool.

    • crpls - Jun 4, 2011 at 7:51 PM

      As of at least last night, any team who wanted them has his medical files.

  3. drmonkeyarmy - Jun 4, 2011 at 3:58 PM

    ESPN insider is such nonsense. Really ESPN, making people pay for content? Absolutely ridiculous. Those shysters should be ashamed of themselves. Instead they sit on piles of hundred dollar bills mocking the sports fan, making them pay some fee for what should be free services.

    • Conor Dowley - Jun 4, 2011 at 7:54 PM

      Not that I disagree with you, but what does that rant have to do with this? The only thing related to ESPN in this piece is a tweet from Olney. There IS a paywall, but it’s a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette paywall.

  4. drmonkeyarmy - Jun 5, 2011 at 10:48 AM

    It has nothing to do with this. It just needed to be said. Actually, I guess tangentially it is related. For some reason, I clicked on the mock draft over there on ESPN and the stupid insider thing came up so I could only see the top 5 or 10. So, I came over to this site and found the first story relating to the draft. Honestly, I didn’t even read the article; I just posted my comment.

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