Pirates Will Take Cole

According to Dejan Kovacevic of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette the Pittsburgh Pirates plan to take Gerrit Cole #1 overall in the Rule-4 Major League Draft this coming Monday.

This definitely cleans up the first four picks almost certainly. The Mariners will almost certainly take Anthony Rendon, the Diamondbacks will go with Danny Hultzen and the Orioles most likely take Dylan Bundy. That leaves the Royals with either Trevor Bauer or local prep star Derek ‘Bubba’ Starling, though there is some rumor that they could be interested in a few different college arms and Florida prep star Francisco Lindor.

The most important thing to take away from this is the Mariners get their guy. Anthony Rendon has some risk we all know that but the Mariners need an impact bat within their minor league system and a fully healthy Rendon is just that. Now, will he ever be fully healthy? Who knows, there is a rumor that the Mariners saw the secret medical records and were fine with everything in it but that rumor has been unsubstantiated by anyone that is usually close with the Mariners (Stone, Drayer, Churchill, ect..) so I’m hesitant to buy into it.

I’m not yet 100% ready to buy into the fact that the Mariners will without a doubt draft Rendon. Just because of the situation with the medical records. However, I think he leads the way. If they don’t see the medical records by the end of this weekend things could change substantially. But, for now I’m pretty certain this is their guy.


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  • http://www.marinercentral.com Lonnie

    I’m glad to see that you added the caveat that you aren’t 100% sure that the Mariners take Rendon. Truth be told, I still feel a bit squeemish about the taking him with the #2 pick. I’d much rather take Bauer, but that’s just me.


    • Harrison Crow

      I’d much rather take Bundy. But tomato, tamato.

      I keep hearing Jack Zduriencik really likes Starling. I’ve heard it three times in the last 24 hours…

      • http://Retired maqman

        I’m with you on Bundy Harrison, you made a believer out of me. If they are sure of Rendon’s physical condition then I’m okay with that. I’m not so sold on Bubba, Lindor and Cole. They are all a risk of course and bottom line nobody knows for sure how picks will look a few years down the line.

  • Coug1990

    I am high on Cole and I think he will be a good pick for Pittsburgh if the reports are true. I am not an insider, but over at Prospect Insider, Jason Churchill has apparently written an article that the Mariners will take Lindor.

    I have never seen him play, so I cannot really say whether it will be a good or bad pick. I still have a preference for Rendon and think he will be the star of this draft.

    But, I trust in Jack and Tom and if Lindor is the pick, I will defer to their expertise and believe that they know what they are doing.

    • Harrison Crow

      Yes, I heard the same “rumor”. If they are that discontent with Rendon shoulder sure. I can understand that. But Lindor’s more than a few talents deep to me (I have him 10th overall).

      I’m not going to say that I think the Mariners are going to regret it the decisions but I certainly feel like there are better talents on the board right now.

      Choosing a high school talent to me at least tells me that they think they will be around long enough to see him come to fruition.

      We also have to look at the track record of the Brewers organization and where most of these guys have come from. They have proven to be great at identifying prep talent.

      Ultimately I agree with you, in Jack and Tom we trust.

      • Coug1990

        Great article from Larry Stone of the Times. http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/larrystone/2015228183_stone05.html

        Lindor was at Safeco working out on Thursday. So, there could be some truth to the rumor about him.

        It also appears that Rendon has fully released detailed medical records several weeks ago, so the rumors of him trying to hide something appear to be greatly exaggerated.

        I guess Rice’s home ballbark is called “The Graveyard.” I guess it plays a lot like Safeco. That, along with the shoulder explains the dip in power. With the old bat, it didn’t matter. With the new bat, balls that would be out of most parks are only long fly outs.

        He’s 21 on Monday. He will get bigger and stronger. It is well known that power is the last tool to develop. He has off the charts plate discipline now, which I believe may be the hardest tool to develop.

        Rendon is still my pick as the best player. Of course, I have not seen him or other players play….

      • http://www.marinercentral.com Lonnie

        The rumor is little more than that and I’m afraid that Jason is going to end up with a bit of egg on his face. There is no organization that is more tight-lipped about what they are going to do than the Mariners, and to put that much strength into a prediction seems rather foolish to me.


        • Harrison Crow

          I’ve actually heard it from another “source” outside of Jason. At this point I’m taking it to the bank….Sorry my friend.