Our 10 Prospects in 10 Days series wraps up with Gerrit Cole.

Quick Profile
Position: Pitcher
Throws: Right
Age: 22
eight: 6’4
Weight: 220 lbs.

The first overall pick in 2011, Cole has displayed his potential through one professional season. Here are his steady stats from Bradenton, Altoona, and Indianapolis:

2012 Bradenton FLOR A+ 5 1 2.55 13 67.0 53 24 19 5 21 69 1.104 2.8 9.3
2012 Altoona EL AA 3 6 2.90 12 59.0 54 28 19 2 23 60 1.305 3.5 9.2
2012 Indianapolis IL AAA 1 0 4.50 1 6.0 6 3 3 0 1 7 1.167 1.5 10.5
1 Season 9 7 2.80 26 132.0 113 55 41 7 45 136 1.197 3.1 9.3

A scouting report from MLB:

The UCLA product is big and strong with the frame to be a power pitcher who tops a rotation. His fastball is plus plus, up to 98 mph with ease, with a ton of life. Cole’s slider is also a plus, a hard breaking ball that gets swings and misses. His curve and changeup, also thrown hard, aren’t quite as good as the fastball-slider combination, but both might be above-average pitches. The only time he gets in trouble is when he leaves pitches up in the zone a bit, but he has the weapons to escape trouble. Cole reached Triple-A in his first full season of pro ball and seeing him in Pittsburgh in 2013 seems completely reasonable to expect.

Although he won’t break camp with the big league team, a debut sometime in 2013 is looking very likely. With aging veterans (A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez), a toss-up (James McDonald), inexperienced arms (Kyle McPherson, Jeff Locke), and a few injury-prone pitchers (Jeff Karstens, Francisco Liriano) all in the fold, Cole may be called upon to make a big impact in Pittsburgh.

MLB listed Cole as the #9 prospect in all of baseball, as well as the fifth-best right handed pitcher. Cole possesses a strong arm, and could form a dominant starting rotation along with fellow top prospect, Jameson Taillon. The two could build a young, impressive staff as early as 2014.

*Note: As we mentioned in our first edition of Gerrit Cole Watch, we are hoping to hold a prediction contest for his MLB debut.

Previous Editions:
Wyatt Mathisen
Victor Black
Alex Dickerson
Barrett Barnes
Josh Bell
Luis Heredia
Gregory Polanco
Alen Hanson

Jameson Taillon

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