DK: Pirates Will Take Gerrit Cole

DK says he's hearing the Pirates will take Cole.

Earlier tonight I posted a roundup of the mock drafts that have been released in the last day, noting that Gerrit Cole was the projected pick for the Pittsburgh Pirates in three of the four drafts.  Since then, Dejan Kovacevic reports that he is hearing that the Pirates will take Cole with the first overall pick on Monday.

The mock drafts all mentioned that the Pirates hadn’t finalized their decision yet, although DK would most likely have better access to this type of information.  Keith Law, who was correct on Jameson Taillon last year, and who had the Tony Sanchez pick before anyone in 2009, mentioned in his mock draft that he hears the Pirates are looking to take a pitcher.

If you’ve read this site at all this year, it’s obvious that I feel Anthony Rendon is the best player available.  That’s not saying Cole is bad.  I just prefer college hitters, and I don’t like the workloads with college pitchers, which I explained tonight in my recap of Cole’s poor start against the University of San Francisco.

If the Pirates took Cole, it wouldn’t be a bad choice.  He profiles as a front line starter, and as I mentioned tonight, I’d rank him above Jameson Taillon as the top prospect in the organization.  He’s had some issues with elevating his fastball, but that’s an issue that can be worked out.  Plus, it’s hard to look at a possible Gerrit Cole/Jameson Taillon/Luis Heredia/Stetson Allie rotation and NOT get excited.  Granted we won’t see all four of those guys live up to their potential, but if just two of them reach their number one ceiling, that will give the Pirates two more aces than they’ve had since Doug Drabek left the organization.

I wouldn’t assume that anything is official until either the draft rolls around, or until the Pirates make a public statement on who they’re taking.  That said, leading up to the weekend there was nothing but uncertainty surrounding the pick.  At least now the picture is becoming clear, and it looks like Cole will be the pick.

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  • Anonymous

    I just don’t get this; Cole isn’t even the best pitcher on his team.  I think Bauer will be a better and more durable major leaguer and the Bucs, if they have to take a pitcher, should take him.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OGCKUSO5MA5VUCJHW2YSJ2K3TM Bob

       He has better numbers because less of focus was on him early in year.  Just because he has Lincecum comparisons doesn’t mean he is that good.  I believe Cole has a brighter future in MLB than Bauer. 

      • Anonymous

        Better numbers because less focus on him?  Are you suggesting hitters were amped to hit Cole then when it came time to face Bauer they approached it with apathy?  If that is what you are saying I don’t buy it at all.  Bauer is the Saturday pitcher, tossing the 2nd game of a three game series normally, the game that often decides who wins the series.  No one approaches the #2 pitcher with a ‘so-so’ attitude.  That is JMHO. 

  • Lee Young

    Pls take Rendon, Mr H. Otherwise, you’ll regret it.

  • Lee Young

    Pls take Rendon, Mr H. Otherwise, you’ll regret it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OGCKUSO5MA5VUCJHW2YSJ2K3TM Bob

      Regret taking a 3B who can’t stay healthy and is too small to play 3B in MLB?

  • Anonymous

    I live in SoCal and have been following Bauer since his high school days; I seriously think he will be better than Cole in the long run; a lot better.  I’m not saying Cole is a bad pick, but Bauer is different and really intelligent.  He completely understands his body.  I don’t think he’s as good as Lincecum.  I think he might be better.

  • Anonymous

    I live in SoCal and have been following Bauer since his high school days; I seriously think he will be better than Cole in the long run; a lot better.  I’m not saying Cole is a bad pick, but Bauer is different and really intelligent.  He completely understands his body.  I don’t think he’s as good as Lincecum.  I think he might be better.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Steve-Zielinski/100000181161454 Steve Zielinski

    I argued that, if the Pirates were to pass over Rendon, the team would have made a great mistake. But, someone over at BD who has had inside information in the past and has proven himself trustworthy now reports that Pirates medical personnel have told the FO that taking Rendon would be a mistake. His shoulder likely has structural problems that may compromise his ability to play baseball at a high level or may retard his development by years.

    I’d give the FO a pass for drafting anyone but Rendon if Rendon’s medical condition warranted extreme caution.

    Missing out on a healthy Rendon will be a serious blow to the team. But it looks to be a reasonable choice for a FO to make because it must head the advice of its qualified medical personnel.

  • Lee Young

    Bob, the following 3bmen were 6’0 or under: Ron Santo, Jose Bautista, Terry Pendleton, Bill Madlock.

    Clemente and Aaron were 5″11 and 6’0 respectively.

    An article on Rendon showed he has Aaron-like wrists. Te wrists have not been  injured. He is definitely not too small.

    As for staying healthy, those ‘big’ 3bmen like Wright, Longoria and Zimmerman aren’t exactly staying on the field.

    Also, you’re implying that Cole or Hultzen or whoever else we take WILL stay healthy? Not buying it….

    Take Rendon, Mr H..pls!!

    • http://www.piratesprospects.com Tim Williams

      Agree with this.  I don’t buy the “he’s a small player, so he’s bound to get hurt” argument.  Baseball isn’t a contact sport.  Rendon has been hurt, but as you’ve pointed out, so have bigger players.

      Overall Rendon has been hurt, but he’s still managed to hit, even with a drop in power this year.  If Cole gets hurt, it’s most likely going to be on his arm, which is an injury that can affect his value.  That’s true of any pitcher, but I think there’s a bigger risk when you’re talking about a college pitcher who has more exposure to arm abuse.

  • Anonymous

    I guess I don’t really understand this arm abuse argument; these guys pitch once a week.  The workload they have is NOTHING like the old days.  I can understand concerns about college pitching, especially these days when the bats have killed the offense and make a lot of pitchers look better than they are, but arm abuse just doesn’t ring true to me.  It’s not like they’re throwing 250 innings.  These pitchers are 21 years old too, not right out of high school. 

  • Lee Young

    Steve Z…….what is “BD” and what insider info is there? I’ve read that it is a ‘yellow’ flag and not serious.

  • Lee Young

    Steve,

    Thx…that was a good read. He does sound reliable. Just our bleeping luck that there’s a stud hitter out there and his shoulder goes ‘kaplooie’. Better now than later. Still don’t like Cole’s command issues. Hope they can fix them.

    I liked that A,B,C thing on Verlander, Lincoln and Hochever. Eye opening.

  • Lee Young

    Steve,

    Thx…that was a good read. He does sound reliable. Just our bleeping luck that there’s a stud hitter out there and his shoulder goes ‘kaplooie’. Better now than later. Still don’t like Cole’s command issues. Hope they can fix them.

    I liked that A,B,C thing on Verlander, Lincoln and Hochever. Eye opening.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OK3PC7EQODCEBHED3WCY2W7PFE Paul C

    I personally know that we should go with either Rendon or Cole, maybe Bauer but I am so impressed with Starling… I think he is a top notch player who will strive to be the best at whatever he does…  The only thing that worries me besides the football scholarship thing is that this kid is so closely family nit that I wonder how he will do when he is away from his family… but as far as star potential and a guy that I would like to build a organization around he would definitely be the one… no matter what he decides to do I hope that he reaches his potential…

    Not really a fan of Cole by the way but there are so many experts that think he will really pan out that I guess I couldn’t be too mad with the pick… I just really hope that he isn’t a bust..