Gerrit Cole Tracker

GERRIT COLE
SP, UCLA
Age: 20
Born: September 8, 1990
Height: 6′ 4″
Weight: 215
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Class: Junior
Level: NCAA

Advisor: Scott Boras

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SCOUTING REPORT
Cole was a former first round pick, selected by the New York Yankees in the first round of the 2008 draft. Cole has a big frame, at 6’ 4”, 215 pounds, and uses that frame to throw a 93-96 MPH fastball, which tops out at 97-98 MPH. Cole also throws a curveball with a hard, late break. In 2010 he had a 3.37 ERA in 123 innings as a sophomore, with an 11.2 K/9 and a 3.8 BB/9 ratio. There have been concerns in the past that Cole could end up as a closer, due to his lack of command as a starter, especially in the late innings. His control hasn’t been the best in college, with a 4.0 BB/9 in 2009, and a 3.8 BB/9 in 2010.

If Anthony Rendon isn’t an option for the Pirates, and it’s hard to imagine he wouldn’t be if he’s anywhere close to healthy, then Cole could serve as a backup plan, giving the Pirates another potential top of the rotation starter to add to the system.

STATS

PREVIOUS DRAFT HISTORY
2008: Selected by the New York Yankees in the 1st round, 28th overall.
2011 DRAFT RANKINGS
Baseball America: #2 (2/3/2011)
Jonathan Mayo: #2 (10/25/2010)
Perfect Game: #2 (1/15/2011)
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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jeremiah-Ewing/1624609222 Jeremiah Ewing

    With the concern that Cole will be over used, could you possibly add a pitch count in the game log, and possibly a pitch count per outing indicator in the summary info?

  • http://twitter.com/Spazaru Murray Passarieu

    I’d take Bauer first if the draft is today. Talk about pitch counts though! 135-140 every game and that wouldn’t worry me with him! He’s a fitness freak who doesn’t lift weights and really seems to understand his body. He’ll probably go 5th or 6th and that team will get a bargain. I wish the Bucs had the stones to take him first, because I bet he turns out better than Cole. Rendon has 4 HRs with the new bats; pass.

  • F Lang

    I was wondering if you could add a tracker for 3-4 other prospects. I feel like no one has really stepped up out of the big three and guys like Archie Bradley, Hultzen, Jungmann, and Bubba Starling are just as viable to consider. I know, I could just track them myself…but I am a lazy, lazy man.