Monday, March 14, 2011

College All American: Gerrit Cole

If for some reason Anthony Rendon is not the Pirates #1 pick in the upcoming MLB draft, Pittsburgh will likely pick UCLA pitcher Gerrit Cole.

Cole was the New York Yankees #1 pick in 2008 out of high school, and they were willing to pay in excess of $4M to sign him, but he never even negotiated, instead he went to UCLA instead.

In his freshman year (2009), Cole recorded a pedestrian 4-8 record with a 3.49 ERA, collecting 104 strikeouts in 85 innings. During his sophomore season (2010), he was a key member of the best Bruin baseball team (51-17 record) in school history. His team went on to play in the 2010 College World Series where they were defeated by South Carolina in the finals. Cole went 11-4 with a 3.37 ERA, collecting 153 strikeouts in 123.0 innings.


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