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Pirates draft Gerrit Cole No. 1 overall

Updated: June 7, 2011, 10:41 AM ET
Associated Press

SECAUCUS, N.J. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates wanted Gerrit Cole's blazing fastball blowing away hitters for them.

In a baseball draft dominated early by outstanding pitching prospects, the Pirates were convinced Cole was the best of the bunch and took the UCLA right-hander with the No. 1 pick Monday night.

"We felt he'd have the biggest potential impact for us of anybody on the board," general manager Neal Huntington said.

Cole, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior, posted mediocre ...

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