MLB Draft: Pittsburgh Pirates’ Future Is Bright with Gerrit Cole on Mound
Pittsburgh Pirates’ Future is Bright by taking Gerrit Cole in the 2011 MLB Draft
The Pittsburgh Pirates have been one of the worst teams in the league for years, but they might have a star that can help the team win despite the consistent lack of talent.
After so many losing seasons, the Pirates farm system has become one of the best in the league, and it’s a matter of time before they start marching these kids onto the field and winning games.
The gem of their farm system will be there most recent first round draft pick, right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole and his ability to thoroughly dominate the game from the mound.
When the Pirates found out they had the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, they were ecstatic because they knew Cole would be the top prospect available.
Pirates general manager Neal Huntington told the Orange County Register:
We felt he'd have the biggest potential impact for us of anybody on the board. It's a game of attrition, and you can never have too much if it. It's the most valuable commodity in our game. We didn't consciously go out to stockpile arms -- we stay true to the board. More often than not, that happened to be a pitcher.
After getting to watch some game highlights of Cole, it looks like the Pirates will see a jump in wins no matter who is in the field for the Pirates. Cole is just that dominant.
Cole has a four-seam fastball that consistently stays in the upper 90s, and a two-seam fastball that has late movement and hits the low 90s. Locating both pitches will be essential for his success at the next level, but he was been deadly accurate through his college career.
The real gem of Cole’s arsenal has to be his out pitch, the changeup.
Cole’s changeup averages around 85 miles per hour, and is one of the most brutal pitches young hitters can deal with. These hitters are trying to deal with Cole’s almost 100 mile per hour fastball, and with the same arm motion Cole can sneak the changeup past even the best hitters.
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