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)

Author: Tim Williams

Tim is the owner and editor in chief of Pirates Prospects. He started the site in January 2009, and turned it into his full time job during the 2011 season. Prior to starting Pirates Prospects, Tim worked with AccuScore.com, providing MLB, NHL, and NFL coverage to various national media outlets, including ESPN Insider, USA Today, Yahoo Sports, and the Wall Street Journal. He also writes the annual Prospect Guide, which is sold through the site. Tim lives in Bradenton, where he provides live coverage all year of Spring Training, mini camp, instructs, the Bradenton Marauders, and the GCL Pirates.

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