Originally posted on Razzball  |  Last updated 4/19/12
Gerrit Cole | RHP, Pirates | Born: 9/8/1990 As the first overall selection in the 2011 draft, signed out of UCLA to the Pittsburgh Pirates for a bonus worth $8 million, Gerrit Cole has arrived in pro baseball with large expectations. The hype isn’t without merit, though. Cole’s heater tops out at 102 mph and he counters with a deadly slider and a plus change. His arsenal is impressive, and at an athletic 6-4, 220, Cole’s frame projects wonderfully. He’s simply oozing with ace-potential. Trevor Bauer, his teammate at UCLA, has captured most of the fantasy-prospect-to-watch headlines this spring, and based on his proximity to the majors, rightfully so. Looking long-term, however, Cole figures to be the safer bet to reach and sustain fantasy ace status. The major factor holding him back for the time being is command. The aforementioned 100+ mph fastball isn’t quite as precise as Pirates hope it soon will be. For now, Pittsburgh has Cole working in the mid-90′s, focusing on h...
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