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Gerrit Cole
Birthdate: 9/8/1990 (26 y, 6 m, 14 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-4/230     Position: P
Drafted: 2011 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 1, Overall: 1, Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Contract: $3.8M / 1 Years (2017)
RotoWire News: Cole gave up one run in five innings Sunday, allowing five hits and no walks while striking out five. (3/19/2017)
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Profile: Cole's season mirrors Matt Harvey's in some ways. Coming off an ace-caliber campaign in 2015, Cole struggled through an injury-shortened season (116 innings). Where Cole's outcome differs is that he wasn't cut open as a result of his injuries. He had three DL stints, the last two both being for elbow inflammation, but he's been able to avoid Tommy John surgery to this point. Like Harvey, Cole's skills fell back, but because he is so good he was still average skill-wise with 12% K%-BB% rate. His velocity held relatively firm, too. There is still tons of appeal with a healthy Cole, but that is obvious to everyone with his price still relatively high as a top-30 starter. The interesting thing about Cole is that even his 2015 breakout kind of left us wanting more. Even with a 2.60 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 24% strikeout rate, and 4.6 K:BB ratio in 208 innings, it just feels like he is capable of much more. That seems ridiculous to say, but the size and arsenal of the former number one overall pick yields massive expectations. If the elbow stays intact, Cole is one of a handful of pitchers going outside the top-25 who can be fantasy's best pitcher. (Paul Sporer)

The Quick Opinion: A trio of DL stints caused by a balky right elbow limited Cole to an underwhelming 116-inning season. Four years into his MLB career, Cole is still more promise than performance with just one season north of 140 innings, but his talent is evident and thus the market is reluctant to let the 26-year old go too deep in drafts.

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