UCLA's Gerrit Cole Named Preseason All-American by Baseball America
Feb. 5, 2010
DURHAM, N.C. - UCLA sophomore right-handed pitcher Gerrit Cole has earned preseason second-team All-America honors from Baseball America, as announced by the national publication on Friday. The hard-throwing right-hander from Santa Ana, Calif., was named a preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball in December.
Cole, a first-round MLB Draft selection by the New York Yankees in June 2008, finished his freshman campaign with a 4-8 record and 3.49 ERA. He established UCLA's single-season freshman strikeout record, fanning 104 batters in 85.0 innings. Cole led the Pac-10 Conference with a .191 opponent batting average, and his 104-strikeout total ranked fourth among Pac-10 pitchers.
Three other starting pitchers accompany Cole as preseason second-team All-America selections - Sonny Gray (Vanderbilt), Taylor Jungmann (Texas) and Alex Wimmers (Ohio State). Starting pitchers selected to the first team include Deck McGuire (Georgia Tech), Drew Pomeranz (Mississippi), Anthony Ranaudo (Louisiana State) and Chris Sale (Florida Gulf Coast).
Cole went 4-0 with a 1.06 ERA in six games pitching for the USA Baseball National Team (Collegiate) last summer. He led Team USA in strikeouts (46) and innings (34.0), issuing just 10 walks while limiting the opposition to a .104 batting average. He tossed a complete game in a 1-0 win over Canada (July 24), scattering two hits and striking out seven batters in nine innings. That victory allowed Team USA to advance to the championship game of the 2009 World Baseball Challenge.
Cole was rated the No. 1 prospect on the USA Baseball National Team by Baseball America.
No. 23 UCLA opens the 2010 season at home versus Southern University on Friday, Feb. 19. Game time at Jackie Robinson Stadium is 6 p.m.