Poll: Anthony Rendon or Gerrit Cole

Cole pitched nine shutout innings today, needing only 101 pitches to do so.

Yesterday I wrote about how Gerrit Cole might be an option for the Pittsburgh Pirates with the first overall pick.  Today Cole went up against the University of Nebraska, on the road, and pitched nine shutout innings, allowing two walks, two hits, and striking out eight.  Cole only needed 101 pitches to get through the outing, but came away with a no decision, as the score was 0-0 after nine innings.

On the season, Cole now has a 1.16 ERA in 23.1 innings, with a 25:4 K/BB ratio and a .143 BAA.  He’s definitely making a case to be a candidate for the number one overall pick.  So I ask you, as it stands right now, would you take Anthony Rendon or Gerrit Cole with the first overall selection in the 2011 draft?

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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  • http://twitter.com/matt_glenn Matt Glenn


    2) We have no legitimate power source in the minors right now.

  • Anonymous

    Gotta go Rendon right now, he’s shown excellent plate discipline his whole collegiate career, has shown great agility the few games i witnessed when he was on the field, and the power isn’t as bad this year so far as people think considering the adjustment to the new “dead” bats, that said anyone who drafts cole should recieve an excellent piece to their minor league sytem.

  • Anonymous

    I took Rendon even though Cole is really starting to intrigue me. Id feel more comfortable if Rendon was 6’1″ and not banged up. The success rates you posted earlier are another big reason for Rendon. Worst case he’s a better hitting Andy Laroche. But Cole Taillion in 2014 could look real real nice

  • Anonymous

    Also if I may add to my earlier post supporting Rendon, dude has a collegiate career on-base percentage of .510…so he is able to reach at least first base at least half the times he steps to the plate..screams #2 hitter right now and potential for #3 hitter with power

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_MSAK45B5SCRKVFOYB463BUGMZI M

    SF Giants and Phillies are perfect examples of how far pitching will take you… COLE

  • Anonymous

    Rendon. First two years at Rice project a lot like Longoria, peak around 280/370/510 with plus glove.