6’3" – 190
I don’t know much about the signing process, but from what I’ve seen and heard, yes I would draft him. I looked up his scouting report which indicates that he has a good change-up (“nasty”) along with a good breaking ball. If he can locate and can use his other pitches effectively at that age (plus the present velocity on the FB), then you may as well start writing out the check now. Then, throw in the “he’s never been hurt or had a sore arm” and thats when competition w/ other teams start. Mentally, he can’t be worse than Carlos Zambrano, so there’s typically not an issue there.
There’s probably more to this pitcher than what meets the eye, so there would need to be more information before just handing him the spot/money, but looks like Mr. Cole won’t have a problem finding a team.
A PG scouting report labeled him as “one of the top pitchers in the nation”.