Cole is considered a lock for the top 5 in the upcoming MLB Amateur Draft. He was drafted by the Yankees, 28th overall, in 2008, but he went to UCLA to polish up on his skills. He made himself quite a bit of money by going to school instead of signing, but should teams be ecstatic about him?
He has the size and frame of a front of the rotation starter: 6’4″, 220 lbs.
He has a live arm: fastball has hit 99 mph.
BUT…his arm is live: fast, faster, fastest. Guys that throw hard are great, but his changeup sit in the 88-90 mph range, meaning: if he is working in the 93-96 mph range with his fastball and his changeup only has a 3-8 mph difference, Major League hitters are going to rock his world.
He has talent and potential, his stature and blazing fastball are clearly valuable to the league; however, unless he takes drastic steps in his repertoire, the scoreboard will be lit up by Major Leaguers who feast on fastballs – all of them. He needs to get some speed off of his change and breaking ball in order to make his fastball a legitimate pitch.