There wasn't much of a decision to be made here as now the Pirates will have some great pitching prospects in there system with Cole and Jameson Tallion. The only other prospects that could be considered at this pick were Bubba Starling, Anthony Rendon, and Danny Hultzen but I felt those were all a step below Gerrit Cole's caliber.
http://projectprospect.com/article/2...couting-reportCole is as good as any pitching prospect in recent years. He stacks up with the Strasburgs, Taillons and David Prices of the world. Heck, considering the fact that I see him as less of an injury risk at the same stage I'd probably take Cole over Strasburg at the same point in their careers. Cole is a legit 1 or 1A prospect in this, or any, draft class. For me, he'll immediately be one of the 10 best prospects in all of baseball the minute he signs.