As expected, the Pirates just took UCLA right-hander Gerrit Cole with the top pick in baseball’s amateur draft.
Cole’s name should be familiar. The Yankees took him with the 28th overall pick back in 2008. In April, Tyler Kepner did his usual wonderful job telling Cole’s story. The Yankees knew he would be a tough sign, but as they often do, they decided to take a shot on a potential high-end starter. It didn’t work out.
On his baseball bio page on the UCLA website, Cole still notes he “admires” Lou Gehrig and Mariano Rivera.
Because they missed out on Cole, the Yankees got a compensation pick in 2009 and used it on Slade Heathcott. This year, the Yankees don’t pick until the supplemental first round, No. 51 overall. The lost their regular first-round pick to the Rays when the signed Rafael Soriano.