Pirates tab Cole as top pick in MLB 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.
The Pirates, picking No. 1 for the fourth time in franchise history and first since 2002, are hoping Cole ends up being the ace of their pitching staff. 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 also are outstanding.
While the Pirates made the expected move in tabbing Cole, the Mariners defied most pre-draft expectations by picking Virginia left-hander Danny Hultzen second overall. Many had expected offense-needy Seattle to tab Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon at No. 2, but Seattle went with the Bethesda native instead.
Baltimore took Oklahoma high school pitcher Dylan Bundy at No. 4 overall and the Royals followed with a high school pick of their own, staying close to home to take outfielder Bubba Starling out of Kansas.
Those picks left the top-rated college position player, Rendon, to Washington at No. 6.