Gerrit Cole Was the Number Three Prospect in the International League

Baseball America released their top 20 prospects for the 2013 International League today. Gerrit Cole was the only Pirates prospect on the list, and was ranked third. Cole finished behind Xander Bogaerts and Wil Myers. Cole and Myers no longer have prospect eligibility, but the Triple-A rankings only consider guys that came into the season with prospect eligibility.

We’ve already seen what Cole can do in the majors, so going over his prospect report wouldn’t do much. If his September was legit, then he’s already turning into an ace in the majors. Cole was the top ranked pitcher in the league.

Here are the Pirates from previous IL rankings:

2012: Starling Marte (2), Jeff Locke (9)

2011: Alex Presley (18)

2010: Pedro Alvarez (8), Brad Lincoln (15), Jose Tabata (16)

2009: Andrew McCutchen (3), Jose Tabata (13)

2008: Andrew McCutchen (2), Neil Walker (7)

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  • emjayinTN

    Probably a very fair evaluation. Myers and Bogaerts both hit around .290 at AAA, but Myers came up and was a better MLB hitter around .340, and Bogaerts was around .250. Cole was not outstanding at AAA, but came to the majors and has done much better. At AAA he did not even have a 2/1 K/W Ratio at 47K/28W but in the majors was better than a 4/1 ratio at 100/22. Myers and Cole are 23, and Bogaerts is still only 21. Those hitters are strong, but having a kid like Gerrit Cole in the Rotation with 6 years of control is as good as it gets.

  • timdwyer8

    So you’re telling me the last time the Pirates had the No. 3 IL prospect it was Andrew McCutchen? I can get behind this.

    • stickyweb

      And Marte was #2, Alvarez #8 and Walker #7? Whoever is picking seems to do pretty well with their top 10 picks.