Originally posted on The Fantasy Fix  |  Last updated 2/20/13
Credit: Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images If you want to see what makes baseball scouts drool, look no further than Gerrit Cole, the No. 1-ranked prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates’ organization. Cole, 22, was the No. 1 pick in the 2011 Amateur Draft out of UCLA. He’s listed at 6’4″ and 220 pounds. Cole only pitched 15 innings in the Arizona Fall League in 2011, but in his first full season in the minors he pitched very well at three different levels – High-A, AA and AAA. Cole projects as Pittsburgh’s future ace, and he could very well see time in the majors this season. Cole spent most of 2012 at High-A Bradenton and AA Altoona. His stats at both levels are fairly similar with his numbers falling a bit at AA. In his lone AAA start he struck out seven, walked one and pitched better than his 4.5 ERA suggests. In his first year playing professionally Cole struck out a batter an inning in each stop, which is a positive sign given his relative inexperience compared to most of his o...
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