Yesterday Baseball America released their top 20 prospects for the 2012 Eastern League season. Only one Pirates prospect made the list, with Gerrit Cole coming in third place. The list can be seen here, and scouting reports can be seen here by subscribers.
Cole ranked third behind Manny Machado and Zack Wheeler, in that order. The scouting report was similar to the Florida State League recap. It did have an interesting note that one scout said he was disappointed that there was nothing to nitpick in Cole's game once he arrived to Double-A.
The chat had a few notes on the Pirates prospects in the Eastern League. In regards to Cole, Matt Eddy noted that the right-hander lost out to Zack Wheeler for the top pitching prospect title, mostly because Cole is the same pitcher he has been since high school. I'd have to disagree with that, as Cole has made some strides with his changeup since high school. The BA scouting report even says that he made strides this year with his command. How...
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