2011, Pittsburgh Pirates
Cole, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior, posted mediocre numbers for the Bruins (6-8, 3.31 ERA) in 2011, but he had what many considered to be the best pure stuff in the draft. He was the first of four straight pitchers to be selected in a first-round dominated by pitchers. Playing in high-Class A ball, Cole is 3-1 with a 2.60 ERA in nine starts this season through May 23, 2012. He has 46 strikeouts in only 45 innings of work.