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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Weekend Draft Prospects Preview: 4/29-5/1

Cole looks to rebound from two poor starts.

Anthony Rendon and the Rice Owls are off this weekend, so it’s only Gerrit Cole in action.  Here are the weekend links:

-Perfect Game has a scouting report on Cole.

Beyond the Box Score recaps the debate between Rendon and Cole for the number one overall pick.

-Interesting comment via Kendall Rogers of Perfect Game, regarding Cole:

Interesting comment from a coach. Quote “Our guys are much more scared of facing Trevor Bauer than Gerrit Cole”.

-Cole has had two rough starts recently.  Jason Churchill of ESPN mentions a temporary mechanical flaw that has caused his stuff to be flat, and adds that his change-up hasn’t been as dominant lately.  He’s still considered a potential ace.

MLBTR interviews Rendon.

-I mentioned this earlier in the week, but Baseball America did a mock draft, and all three writers doing the draft said they would take Rendon first overall.

The schedule for Rendon and Cole this weekend:

FRIDAY

9:00 PM EST – UCLA (Cole) vs Oregon State

People to follow on Twitter for updates:

Cole: @DBSports @RyeUCLAbaseball

And you can follow me @pirateprospects.

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Tim started Pirates Prospects in 2009 from his home in Virginia, which was 40 minutes from where Pedro Alvarez made his pro debut in Lynchburg. That year, the Lynchburg Hillcats won the Carolina League championship, and Pirates Prospects was born from Tim's reporting along the way. The site has grown over the years to include many more writers, and Tim has gone on to become a credentialed MLB reporter, producing Pirates Prospects each year, and will publish his 11th Prospect Guide this offseason. He has also served as the Pittsburgh Pirates correspondent for Baseball America since 2019. Behind the scenes, Tim is an avid music lover, and most of the money he gets paid to run this site goes to vinyl records.

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