The the first overall pick in the 2011 MLB Draft the Pittsburgh Pirates selected Gerrit Cole. Cole was slotted to go first in many recent mock drafts but he wasn't a sure thing first pick.
Cole has been a highly-touted pitching prospect for a number of years and in fact was a first round pick by the New York Yankees out of high school in 2008. The big righty (6-4, 220 lbs) has two plus pitches at the tender age of 20 and shows flashes of a third. His four-seam fastball is normally in the mid-to-high 90's and has been known to touch 101 mph. He's got a devastating changeup that he throws with fantastic and deceptive arm speed. His slider is decent and could improve with time.
Cole is considered to have great intangibles with a competitive desire and work ethic that should get him to the majors within a few years.
The knock on Cole has been less-than-stellar college record. His career ERA in two years with the Bruins is 3.42 with a 15-12 record over 208 innings pitched. Some scouts feel that a pitcher this dominant should put up better college numbers while others say his outstanding stuff will quickly make him a top of the rotation arm in the major leagues.
Seattle Mariners are up next with the second pick in the 2011 MLB Draft with the Diamondbacks third.