SECAUCUS, N.J. (CBS/AP) — The Pittsburgh Pirates have selected hard-throwing UCLA righty Gerrit Cole with the No. 1 pick in the baseball draft.
Cole, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior, posted mediocre numbers this season for the Bruins (6-8, 3.31 ERA), but has what many consider to be the best pure stuff in the draft.
He was a first-round pick of the New York Yankees in 2008, but refused to listen to an offer and instead attended UCLA — as heinsisted to teams he would.
The Pirates, picking No. 1 for the fourth time in franchise history, are hoping Cole ends up being the ace of their pitchingstaff.
He has a fastball that’s consistently clocked around 95 mph and was up around 100 at points late this season.
Cole’s changeup and slider are also outstanding.
With the 3rd overall pick, the Arizona Diamonbacks took Valencia native Trevor Bauer out of UCLA.
Bauer, RHP, is compared to San Francisco Giants star Tim Lincecum.
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