Pirates To Draft Gerrit Cole
According to Jonathan Mayo, the Pirates have decided to select Gerrit Cole #1 overall in tonight’s draft, leaving the Mariners to select between the three hitters that they’ve been targeting over the last few weeks – Rice third baseman Anthony Rendon, Kansas high school outfielder Bubba Starling, and Florida high school shortstop Francisco Lindor. While Rendon was the big name headed into the season, the front office have become big fans of the two high school kids, and I’m not sure there will be a consensus in the war room on who the pick should be.
That said, I don’t think the M’s are going to be able to pass on Rendon. There may be people hoping Pittsburgh would take that option away from them so that they could pick Starling or Lindor, but with Rendon on the board, it’s going to be very tough for the M’s to grab the high school kid when they have a 21-year-old polished third baseman on the board who could get to the Majors by 2013.
Jay and I will have more draft coverage later tonight, but if Mayo’s report is true and the Pirates are going to take Cole #1 overall, then I think the Mariners will end up with Rendon. It’s not a lock, but that’s my gut feel for now.