Pirates To Draft Gerrit Cole

Dave · June 6, 2011 at 6:07 am · Filed Under Mariners 

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.


60 Responses to “Pirates To Draft Gerrit Cole”

  1. Steve Nelson on June 6th, 2011 1:31 pm


    I think it’s amusing that $6million dollars no longer sounds very expensive. Rendon will probably cost a little more.

    But a $6 million woman sounds like the sort of thing that would sink the career of US Congressman.

  2. djw on June 6th, 2011 1:57 pm

    I think Halman does have potential.

    I think pretty much everyone agrees he has potential. But the solid majority of players like him don’t ever realize that potential. The best case scenario is that he turns into a slick fielding OF whose power makes up for the low OBP enough to make him an above average player. That would make me very happy to see. But that’s something like a 90th percentile outcome for players like him. That’s why pencilling him into the 2013 starting line-up isn’t projecting the future, it’s best case scenario wish-casting abou the future.

  3. Ichirolling51 on June 6th, 2011 3:17 pm

    It’s complete BS that the Rays get 12 picks out of the first 60. When the Mariners the team with the 2nd worst record in baseball has to wait till pick 62 for the 2nd pick.

    What they should do is, the 22 teams that miss the playoffs pick 1-22 in the 2nd round, then the compensation picks take place after that, followed up by the picks of the 8 teams that made the playoffs. Makes way more sense than this BS system they have in place now.

  4. FetalPuzishun on June 6th, 2011 3:38 pm

    Latest rumor is the Mariner’s are looking at Lindor

  5. Sports on a Schtick on June 6th, 2011 4:15 pm

    FUCK, this feels like a worst-case scenario.

  6. Ichirolling51 on June 6th, 2011 4:15 pm

    Wow, I’m completely sick to my stomach, nice pick Bavasi, I mean JZ!

  7. bookbook on June 6th, 2011 4:16 pm

    I’m with all of you who think this was a really bad pick.

  8. okinawadave on June 6th, 2011 4:17 pm

    Was he on anybody’s radar?

  9. Ichirolling51 on June 6th, 2011 4:18 pm

    So you pass on a great hitter to take a pitcher who isn’t even close to the top pitcher on the board?

  10. Ichirolling51 on June 6th, 2011 4:22 pm

    Why not Bauer? This is another Morrow over Lincecum dilemma, this is deja vu all over again.

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