Scouting Prospect #10: Gerrit Cole

We recently released our annual top 100 prospects list here at Scout.com, and to follow that up we will be providing team quality first-hand scouting reports on select prospects from that list over the course of the off-season. Here's a scouting report on prospect #10 from that list, Gerrit Cole.

Name: Gerrit Cole
Position: Pitcher
Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Height: 6-foot-4
Weight: 220
Bats/Throws: R/R

Events Scouted: Arizona Fall League


Physical Description

Gerrit Cole is exactly what scouts envision for a hard throwing righty starter in the big leagues. He has the height, the strong lower half and the long limbs. He's about where he's going to be long term when it comes to body type, but he might added some strength in the upper body.

Mechanics

For durability purposes, Gerrit Cole's delivery does the job. He uses his lower body effectively and gets some great hip rotation. But, what's currently hurting his command is his front side. He's landing much too firmly on his front side because he's consistently jumping off his back leg a little early. When you start seeing a softer landing with his stride foot, you'll see better command from Cole.

Fastball

Gerrit Cole's raw stuff is no secret and there's a reason he was the number one overall pick in 2011. And, nothing changed in the AFL. Cole works at 95-99 mph with his fastball and bumps 100 mph routinely. What continues to be surprising about Cole, however, is how often hitters square up his explosive, moving fastball. The key for him is going to be improved command and perhaps not being as reckless early in counts with his fastball.

Slider

Another plus offering from Cole, his slider sits at 87-90 mph and has true slider bite in every way. The slider drops off the table and is particularly tough on lefties going down and in toward their feet. He needs to get ahead in counts more often to use it, but it's a plus swing and miss pitch when he's on his game.

Changeup

The changeup is another potential plus pitch for Cole. He throws it with outstanding differential at 85-88 mph and his arm speed matches the fastball. Again, spotting it is a bit of a work in progress for him, but it's a swing and miss pitch when he's on.

Summation

Consistency is the name of the game with Cole. His stuff is scary good when he's right, and if he's throwing strikes he's close to untouchable. His mechanics are still a bit of a work in progress consistency wise, but when those come around so will his command of his three quality pitches.

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