School: Orange Lutheran HS (California)
Class: HS Senior
Weight: 175 lbs.
Hometown: Orange, CA
Previously Drafted: None
Cole has premium stuff for a prep prospect. His fastball has consistently been ranked among the best of the elite high school prospects. It has been clocked as high as 97 and he seemed to throw harder as the summer progressed. The pitch has hard sink and many hitters come away with broken lumber. He also has a hard slider and an emerging changeup.
Because of his low-three-quarters delivery and slight build, scouts project Cole as a power reliever. That assessment might cause Cole’s stock to fall as teams opt for starting pitchers and power bats. High school pitchers are among the riskiest group of prospects.
Top 15 picks.