MLB Draft 2011: Pirates Kick Off NL Central Picks With Gerrit Cole

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Gerritt Cole, a UCLA starter with a triple-digits fastball, to kick off the NL Central's night at the 2011 MLB Draft Monday. It was the first of just five picks the teams in the division had in the first 60; none of the teams had compensation picks, while the St. Louis Cardinals selected Hawaii second baseman Kolten Wong with the 22nd overall pick in the draft. 

After Cole came Javier Baez, the Chicago Cubs' first pick at ninth overall. Baez has "explosive bat speed and outstanding power potential," although John Sickels isn't sure he'll be able to stick at shortstop. The Astros went for athletic center fielder George Springer with the 11th pick, giving them a prospect they might be able to build around in a decimated minor league system. The Milwaukee Brewers selected a left-handed pitcher, Jed Bradley, who they hope will move fast and take up residence in the middle of their rotation, which has long been a sore spot. Finally, the Reds selected Robert Stephenson 27th overall, going the high-upside prep starter route. 

Trending Discussions

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SB Nation St. Louis

You must be a member of SB Nation St. Louis to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation St. Louis. You should read them.

Join SB Nation St. Louis

You must be a member of SB Nation St. Louis to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SB Nation St. Louis. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.