On Saturday, Dejan Kovacevic first reported that the Pittsburgh Pirates would be taking UCLA right handed pitcher Gerrit Cole with the first pick in the 2011 MLB draft. With the draft being held at 7:00 PM this evening, Jonathan Mayo reports the same thing, that the Pirates will select Cole with the first overall pick. Mayo also details the concerns surrounding Cole, noting that his big issue is a mechanical flaw with his delivery, and that his late season struggles don’t seem to be injury related, since there was no decline in his velocity.
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