SECAUCUS, N.J. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates selected hard-throwing UCLA righthander Gerrit Cole with the No. 1 pick in the amateur baseball draft Monday night.
Cole, a 6-4, 220-pound junior, posted mediocre numbers this season for the Bruins (6-8, 3.31 ERA) but has what many consider to be the best pure stuff in the draft. His college teammate, righthander Trevor Bauer, wasn't far behind, going third overall to Arizona.
Cole was a first-round pick of the Yankees in 2008 but refused to listen to an offer and instead attended UCLA -- as he insisted to teams he would.
He has a fastball that's consistently clocked at 95 mph and was up around 100 at times late this season. Cole's changeup and slider also are outstanding.
With the second choice, the Seattle Mariners tabbed Virginia lefty Danny Hultzen, the Atlantic Coast Conference pitcher of the year the last two seasons. Hultzen, a junior, has gone 11-3 with a 1.57 ERA and 148 strikeouts in leading the top-ranked Cavaliers to the Super Regionals of the NCAA Tournament.
Arizona, which had two of the first seven picks, couldn't pass up Bauer at No. 3. The Pac-10 pitcher of the year outshined Cole statistically, going 13-2 with a 1.27 ERA and a Division I-leading and Pac-10-record 203 strikeouts.
The world champion San Francisco Giants selected St. John's shortstop Joe Panik with their first pick. Panik, a lefthanded hitter who led the Red Storm with a .398 average, was taken 29th overall.