Sports Now

Sports news from Los Angeles and beyond

« Previous Post | Sports Now Home | Next Post »

MLB Draft: Pirates select Gerrit Cole with first pick

Gerrit-cole_600

Alex RodriguezJoe MauerStephen StrasburgGERRIT COLE.

Less than 24 hours after his college season ended abruptly, UCLA pitcher Gerrit Cole has moved on to the pros, in grand style. Cole joined the likes of Rodriguez and Mauer, Ken Griffey Jr. and Chipper Jones when the Pittsburgh Pirates selected him with the top pick in the 2011 MLB draft on Monday.

The Bruins’ loss Sunday ended their season at the Los Angeles NCAA regional. Cole, a junior, pitched in their regional opener Friday, a 3-0 loss to San Francisco.

Cole’s fastball has topped out at 102 mph. The 6-foot-4, 235-pound right-hander ended his junior season with a 6-8 record and a 3.31 earned-run average. He joins a Pittsburgh franchise that hasn’t enjoyed a winning season since 1992.

Cole was initially drafted out of Orange Lutheran High in 2008 by the Yankees but opted to play at UCLA, making him draft eligible after his junior season.

RELATED:

Players begin the long journey to major leagues

How 2010 draft selections have fared

Keep track of the draft right here

-- Douglas Farmer

Photo: Hard-throwing Gerrit Cole works against South Carolina in the 2010 College World Series in Omaha, Neb. Credit: Nati Harnik / Associated Press

 
Comments  ()

Connect

Recommended on Facebook


Advertisement

In Case You Missed It...

Video


About the Reporters
Sports Now is written by the entire Sports department of the L.A. Times.



Tweets and retweets from L.A. Times staff writers.

Categories


Archives
 


Bleacher Report | Los Angeles

Reader contributions from Times partner Bleacher Report

More on Bleacher Report »




Get Alerts on Your Mobile Phone

Sign me up for the following lists: