Cole might not be the favorite among Pirates fans, but he's deserving of the number one pick.
For the longest time it seemed like we wouldn't know who the Pittsburgh Pirates would be selecting with the first overall pick in the draft until the pick was actually announced. We had narrowed down the field to top college players Anthony Rendon, Gerrit Cole, and Danny Hultzen, but no news was coming out that the Pirates had settled on one player. Over the weekend we heard that the Pirates were set to take Cole, and today we're getting more reports that Cole is the guy.
I've talked about who I would take with the first overall pick in the draft already. You can check out my 2011 draft preview for my opinion on Cole, and why I'd take Anthony Rendon first overall. You can also vote for who you would select first overall, and see what the consensus opinion is (over half are in favor of Anthony Rendon). This post isn't about who should be the number one pick. It's about the line ...
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