Cole is considered by some to be the top prospect in the draft this year.
Last year I looked at the success rates of college hitters, college pitchers, prep hitters, and prep pitchers in recent draft history. The results showed that college hitters were the best investment to make, as they had the biggest success rates to reach the majors, and become above average or star players. College pitchers made the majors at the second best rate, although they had the worst percentages of being above average or star players.
This year the debate has already started between a college pitcher and a college hitter at the top of the 2011 draft. The Pittsburgh Pirates have the first overall pick, and coming in to the season it looked like a guarantee that they would be taking Anthony Rendon, the third baseman from Rice University. However, Rendon has struggled, with his offensive numbers down and a shoulder injury keeping him off the field, which has left the door open for other players to...
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