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Baseball Beginnings on Gerrit Cole, No. 1, Pirates

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June 6, 2011

Today the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Gerrit Cole in the 1st round (#1 overall) in the 2011 MLB Draft. Baseball Beginnings has been scouting Cole from the start of the draft cycle. Enjoy links to the content we have published on him through the year.

Read Open Letter to Cole and Bauer
Read Gerrit Cole Scouting Update
Watch Gerrit Cole Video
Watch more Gerrit Cole Video
Watch Gerrit Cole vs. Jack Marder
Read Gerrit Cole Scouting Update
Read Gerrit Cole vs. Sonny Gray
Watch 2009 Gerrit Cole vs. Grant Green
Read 2009 Gerrit Cole Q&A
Read 2009 Gerrit Cole Scouting Report
Watch April 2009 Gerrit Cole Video

An Open Letter to Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer

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June 6, 2011

Dear Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer,

It’s been fun watching you guys every so often on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons for the past three years. The best thing about having you throw hard all those days, for me at least, was that I had a major league caliber power arm against which I could scout hitters. It was awesome. If I wanted to like a hitter, I would watch how he responded against you guys, and it was like dropping the hitter into Dodger Stadium. I’ve seen fear in kids who face you and I’ve seen fearlessness. The kids who were scared are back home now. The kids who weren’t are in the minors. This has always been most helpful for me and I hope Savage has another two guys to help me do the same in the next three years.

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Scouting Update: Gerrit Cole, RHP, UCLA (2011 Draft)

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February 21, 2011

We’re going to begin this look in the seventh inning, where Gerrit Cole showed more signs of becoming a complete starting pitcher than I have seen in the previous two years. I’m still not completely sold that his best fit in the coming years won’t be as a shutdown closer, but in this look, he showed more signs of pitching maturity than he had in many previous looks. He was also the most efficient strike thrower I have ever seen him be.

The situation is a 1-0 lead with runners at the corners. His velocity and stuff are not slipping but his control is. In his first two college seasons, Cole would have reared back and tried to overmatch each hitter. Instead, he did a better job of maintaining his composure and looked like a pitcher instead of a thrower for the first time I’ve seen.

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Scouting Video: Gerrit Cole, RHP, UCLA (2011 Draft)

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November 28, 2010

Gerrit Cole is this dude, pitches at UCLA, throws hard.  He will probably be drafted in 2011. I don’t know. I have to check. (I look forward to your emails.) 

You have to be careful when you use words like “bore” to describe a fastball, because in scouting, “bore” is a strong word. The guy throws a boring fastball, which means it won’t put you to sleep. (I didn’t make these terms up.) Cole, hey, sometimes I’m not always thrilled with the quality of strikes he throws, and if I’m going to nit-pick, I’d say this guy is to the point where he needs to face big league hitters on a regular basis to really make the kind of adjustments that he needs to learn to make. Trust me, this is not a dig at the guy. This is a guy with big stuff who needs to face advanced hitters. He’s going to saw off his share of wood bats when he gets the chance. You can’t take the stuff away. Have fun with the video, then click some of the tons of Cole copy we’ve cranked out in the past few seasons.

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Scouting Video: Gerrit Cole, RHP, UCLA (2011 Draft)

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June 28, 2010

Gerrit Cole is going to be a first rounder in 2011. His first outing in the College World Series, I thought, was one of his best efforts of command, control and consistency. I’ve always said I liked Cole’s arm power but I always wanted to see more big league-quality strikes more consistently. I think he made strides towards better efficiency in 2010. We have shot plenty of video of him in 2009 and 2010. Here’s our last look at him in 2010. We’ll be back on him in 2011.

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2011 Draft Sneak Peak: Gentleman, Start Your Horses

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June 15, 2010

No sooner does one draft cycle end than the next one begins. The next draft cycle always starts with a group of players pretty much everyone knows, but from now until next June, the draft cycle is nothing but a horserace. What follows are some of the prospects that I have already seen and will see more of in 2011.

This is not meant to be a complete list or a ranking, and if this story is the first time you are discovering Baseball Beginnings, we invite you to stick around throughout the year to see video and read about the players we are talking about. If you stay with us, by the time draft day rolls around, I promise you many players that are not even in this story will come alive for you through video, scouting reports, scouting updates and interviews.

If you’re a 2011 prospect and you’re not in this story, it doesn’t mean you are not a prospect. It just means I haven’t seen you yet. If you can play, chances are I will find you.

Here, then, is a sneak peak at what is inside the 2011 stable, both high school and college, on a national scale.

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Scouting Video: Gerrit Cole, RHP, UCLA (2011 Draft)

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June 11, 2010

There are always a few certainties with Gerrit Cole starts. He’ll throw hard. He’ll take his time. Sometimes his fastball will do what it wants to.  And sometimes he can tell it what to do.

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Scouting Update: Gerrit Cole, UCLA, RHP (2011 Draft)

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April 20, 2010

If the 2011 draft were today, it would boil down to this for UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole.

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Ace vs. Ace: Sonny Gray vs. Gerrit Cole

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February 26, 2010

Gerrit Cole threw three bad pitches in the first inning and two very good ones. He hit three Vanderbilt batters in the opening minutes, each with fastballs, and you have to give Cole credit for one thing. Not many pitchers can say they drilled the bases loaded. And not many pitchers can get out of a jam the way he did Friday night against Sonny Gray and Vanderbilt.

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Scouting Video: Gerrit Cole, RHP, UCLA (2011 Draft)

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April 22, 2009

Gerrit Cole can strike a guy out or strike fear into him.

Sometimes both.

When he’s locked in, he’s difficult to deal with. When he’s getting loose and looking for his location, he can be wild. It’s the curse of guys with great stuff: sometimes stuff has a mind of its own.  One thing to like about Cole: watch him when he misses. You have to like a young pitcher who expects himself to be better when he struggles, rather than to just sit back, throw hard, expect velocity to get outs, and quit pitching with all four weapons. I believe we’d call that an intangible.  

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Learn more about Gerrit Cole:
Gerrit Cole Q&A
Gerrit Cole Scouting Report
Watch Gerrit Cole vs. Grant Green