UCLA rising sophomore right-hander Gerrit Cole has been rated the top prospect in Baseball America's list of the top-20 prospects from the 2009 USA National Team (Collegiate). Below is what Baseball America's Aaron Fitt wrote about Cole:
Cole was utterly dominant for Team USA, going 4-0, 1.06 with 46 strikeouts and 10 walks in 34 innings. Scouts were unanimous in proclaiming him the national team's best prospect. "He's head and shoulders above the rest," one scouting director said. Added Team USA coach Rick Jones, "I've never coached a better arm than this one, and I've been doing this a long time."