The Pittsburgh Pirates have a string of formidable fantasy baseball prospects, but one of the most promising arms in their farm system is SP Gerrit Cole. He was the first overall selection in the 2011 MLB draft and was a highly-touted prospect coming out of UCLA.
Cole is one of the biggest pitching prospects in all of baseball. He stands at six-foot-four and is an imposing 220 pounds on the mound. He may have to gain a little more muscle before his true major league debut, but he has the strength to tap out his fastball at around 96-98 MPH.
Cole may have finished with a 9-7 record throughout the 2012 MiLB season, but he still posted a very respectable 2.80 ERA in 132 innings between three minor league stops. He has the repertoire to be an amazing front of the rotation pitcher.
The right-hander also struck out 136 batters in just 132 innings of work. It’s nice to see a fantasy prospect be able to fan batters in the minors on a consistent basis because it only gets more difficult from here.
Cole will anchor Pittsburgh’s rotation at some point in the future, it’s just too tough to tell when. The Bucos seem content to take their time with him, so it could be a while until Cole makes his extended debut in the majors. Fantasy owners must simply be patient.
Cole is more of a complete pitcher than fellow Pittsburgh prospect, Jameson Taillon, so GC is the young ace to grab in the Steel City in any type of dynasty league.