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Mayo: Pirates Will Take Gerrit Cole

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Jonathan Mayo reports that the Pirates will take Cole.

On Saturday, Dejan Kovacevic first reported that the Pittsburgh Pirates would be taking UCLA right handed pitcher Gerrit Cole with the first pick in the 2011 MLB draft.  With the draft being held at 7:00 PM this evening, Jonathan Mayo reports the same thing, that the Pirates will select Cole with the first overall pick.  Mayo also details the concerns surrounding Cole, noting that his big issue is a mechanical flaw with his delivery, and that his late season struggles don’t seem to be injury related, since there was no decline in his velocity.

Check out the 2011 Pirates Draft Preview to see why I wouldn’t mind the Cole selection, and why I would still rather have Anthony Rendon with the number one overall pick.

Tim Williams
Tim Williams
Tim is the owner, producer, editor, and lead writer of PiratesProspects.com. He has been running Pirates Prospects since 2009, becoming the first new media reporter and outlet covering the Pirates at the MLB level in 2011 and 2012. His work can also be found in Baseball America, where he has been a contributor since 2014 and the Pirates' correspondent since 2019.

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