The Pirates have selected Cole with the first overall pick.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have selected right handed pitcher Gerrit Cole with the first overall pick in the 2011 draft. The move was not unexpected. Word broke over the weekend that Cole would be the pick, and today it was all but confirmed that the Pirates would be taking the UCLA right hander.
The selection of Cole is bound to draw some controversy. In a poll ran on the site last night, 54.5% of voters said they would have selected Anthony Rendon with the first overall pick. Cole came in second, getting 21.8% of the vote. That's pretty much been the story of this draft. It even extends back to the final months of the 2010 season, when every Pirates loss was followed with an update on how close the Pirates were to getting the number one overall pick, with the chance to draft Rendon.
Cole isn't a bad choice for the Pirates with the number one pick. He's got the potential as a top of the rotation starter in the maj...
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