Pirates Leaning Toward Cole With No. 1 Pick

Pirates Leaning Toward Cole With No. 1 Pick

What appeared to be a one-man race for the Pirates' top draft pick in Monday's MLB First-Year Player Draft has widened over the past few months, including more candidates representing diverse options.

For the Pirates, making their first No.1 overall selection since 2002, it's a good problem to have.

Should they take Anthony Rendon, the third baseman who was the consensus top pick entering the year but may now be perceived as an injury risk? Or Gerrit Cole, the prototypical pitcher? What about the most polished player available, Danny Hultzen, or the do-it-all stud out of high school, Bubba Starling?

The Pirates have mulled this decision for months, and Saturday they appeared to be leaning toward Cole. They will spend a good chunk of money on whomever they select.

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