SECAUCUS, N.J. -- The Pittsburgh Pirates selected hard-throwing UCLA righty Gerrit Cole with the No. 1 pick in the baseball draft Monday night.

Cole, a 6-foot-4, 220-pound junior, posted mediocre numbers this season for the Bruins (6-8, 3.31 ERA), but has what many consider to be the best pure stuff in the draft. His college teammate, right-hander Trevor Bauer, wasn’t far behind, going third overall to Arizona.

Cole was a first-round pick of the New York Yankees in 2008, but refused to listen to an offer and instead attended UCLA—as he insisted to teams he would.

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The Pirates, picking No. 1 for the fourth time in franchise history, are hoping Cole ends up being the ace of their pitching staff. He has a fastball that’s consistently clocked at 95 mph and was up around 100 at times late this season. Cole’s changeup and slider are also outstanding.

“Gerrit Cole has the size, strength, overall package of stuff and mentality to develop into a top-of-the-rotation major league starting pitcher,” said Greg Smith, the Pirates’ director of scouting.

Cole is the latest promising young arm that Pittsburgh, which finished with baseball’s worst record a year ago, has added in the last two drafts. The Pirates took a pair of high school right-handers with their first two picks last year in Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie, giving them three potential front-line starters.

With the second choice, the Seattle Mariners tabbed Virginia lefty Danny Hultzen, the Atlantic Coast Conference pitcher of the year the last two seasons. Watching with family and friends, Hultzen looked stunned when the pick was announced, putting his hands on his head.

“This is completely unexpected. It’s a huge honor, though,” Hultzen said in an interview on MLB Network. “I’m very excited. … I really don’t know what to say right now. I’m completely speechless.”

Hultzen, a junior, is 11-3 with a 1.57 ERA and 148 strikeouts while leading the top-ranked Cavaliers to the super regionals of the NCAA tournament.

Arizona, which had two of the first seven picks, couldn’t pass up Bauer at No. 3. The Pac-10 pitcher of the year outshined Cole statistically, going 13-2 with a 1.27 ERA and a Division I-leading and Pac-10-record 203 strikeouts. He ended the season having thrown nine straight complete games.

With the seventh pick, the Diamondbacks took another pitcher in right-hander Archie Bradley from Broken Arrow High School in Oklahoma. Bradley went 12-1 and fanned 133 against just 11 walks in 71 1-3 innings while posting a 0.29 ERA this year. He was also considered one of the country’s best quarterback prospects and is committed to play football at Oklahoma.

At No. 4, Baltimore selected Bradley’s good buddy, Dylan Bundy, another high school pitcher from Oklahoma. The 6-foot-1, 200-pound righty went 11-0 with 158 strikeouts and only five walks in 71 innings for Owasso High School.

It was the first time since the amateur draft began in 1965 that the first four selections were all pitchers.

Kansas City ended the run on the mound by taking a local high school outfielder in Bubba Starling. The Royals have had their eye on the star out of Gardner-Edgerton High School in Kansas since he was 14. And, for good reason.

The 6-5, 200-pound Starling is one of the most impressive all-around athletes in the draft and has eye-popping power. He’ll now have a difficult decision: Starling has already committed to Nebraska to play quarterback after rushing for 2,471 yards and 31 touchdowns, and throwing for 790 yards and eight TDs last season.

Anthony Rendon, a slick-fielding and sweet-swinging third baseman from Rice, celebrated his 21st birthday by going sixth overall to Washington. He was hampered by a strained shoulder for most of this season, limiting him to DH— although he played some second base in the postseason. Still, he hit .327 with six homers and 37 RBIs. Teams also constantly pitched around him, as evidenced by his Division I-leading 80 walks.

The last time the Pirates had the top pick in the draft they selected pitcher Bryan Bullington in 2002. They also took pitcher Kris Benson at No. 1 in 1996 and infielder Jeff King in 1986.

“We’re working hard to never pick No. 1,” Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington said.

Washington chose slugger Bryce Harper with the first pick last year.

2011 MLB Draft -- First Round
Pick Team Player Pos. School Ht. Wt.
1 Pirates Gerrit Cole RHP UCLA 6-4 220
2 Mariners Danny Hultzen LHP Virginia 6-2 200
3 Diamondbacks Trevor Bauer RHP UCLA 6-1 175
4 Orioles Dylan Bundy RHP Owassa H.S. (Okla.) 6-1 200
5 Royals Bubba Starling OF Gardner Edgerton H.S. (Kan.) 6-4 180
6 Nationals Anthony Rendon 3B Rice 6-0 190
7 Diamondbacks Archie Bradley RHP Broken Arrow H.S. (Okla.) 6-4 225
8 Indians Francisco Lindor SS Monteverde Academy (Fla.) 5-11 175
9 Cubs Javier Baez SS Arlington Country Day (Fla.) 6-0 180
10 Padres Cory Spangenberg 2B Indian River JC 6-0 185
11 Astros George Springer OF Connecticut 6-3 205
12 Brewers Taylor Jungmann RHP Texas 6-6 220
13 Mets Brandon Nimmo OF Cheyenne East H.S. (Wyo.) 6-3 180
14 Marlins Jose Fernandez RHP Alonso H.S. (Fla.) 6-3 240
15 Brewers Jed Bradley LHP Georgia Tech 6-3 220
16 Dodgers Chris Reed LHP Stanford 6-4 195
17 Angels C.J. Cron 1B Utah 6-4 225
18 Athletics Sonny Gray RHP Vanderbilt 5-10 180
19 Red Sox Matt Barnes RHP Connecticut 6-4 205
20 Rockies Tyler Anderson LHP Oregon 6-4 220
21 Blue Jays Tyler Beede RHP Lawrence Academny (Mass.) 6-4 200
22 Cardinals Kolton Wong 2B Hawaii 5-9 175
23 Nationals Alex Meyer RHP Kentucky 6-9 220
24 Rays Taylor Guerrieri RHP Spring Valley H.S. (S.C.) 6-3 210
25 Padres Joe Ross RHP Bishop O'Dowd H.S. (Calif.) 6-2 180
26 Red Sox Blake Swihart C Sue Cleveland H.S. (N.M.) 6-0 175
27 Reds Robert Stephenson RHP Alhambra H.S. (Calif.) 6-2 185
28 Braves Sean Gilmartin LHP Florida State 6-3 195
29 Giants Joe Panik SS St. John's (N.Y.) 6-2 195
30 Twins Levi Michael SS North Carolina 5-10 170
31 Rays Mike Mahtook OF LSU 6-1 192
32 Rays Jake Hager SS Sierra Vista H.S. (Nev.) 6-1 185
33 Rangers Kevin Matthews LHP Richmond Hill H.S. (Ga.) 5-11 180
Compensation Picks            
34 Nationals Brian Goodwin OF Miami-Dade JC 6-0 190
35 Blue Jays Jacob Anderson OF Chino H.S. (Calif.) 6-4 190
36 Red Sox Henry Owens LHP Edison H.S. (Calif.) 6-5 195
37 Rangers Zach Cone OF Georgia 6-2 205
38 Rays Brandon Martin SS Santiago H.S. (Calif.) 5-11 175
39 Phillies Larry Greene OF Berrien Co. H.S. (Ga.) 6-0 235
40 Red Sox Jackie Bradley Jr. OF South Carolina 5-10 175
41 Rays Tyler Goeddel 3B St. Francis H.S. (Calif.) 6-4 170
42 Rays Jeff Ames RHP Lower Columbia C.C. 6-4 220
43 Diamondbacks Jeff Chafin LHP Kent State 6-2 205
44 Mets Michael Fulmer RHP Deer Creek H.S. (Okla.) 6-3 200
45 Rockies Trevor Story SS Irving H.S. (Texas) 6-1 175
46 Blue Jays Joe Musgrove RHP Grossmont H.S. (Texas) 6-5 230
47 White Sox Keenyn Walker OF Central Arizona C.C. 6-3 193
48 Padres Michael Kelly RHP West Boca Raton H.S. (Fla.) 6-4 185
49 Giants Kyle Crick RHP Sherman H.S. (Texas) 6-4 220
50 Twins Travis Harrison 3B Tustin H.S. (Calif.) 6-2 215
51 Yankees Dante Bichette Jr. 3B Orangewood Christian H.S. (Fla.) 6-1 215
52 Rays Blake Snell LHP Shorewood H.S. (Wash.) 6-4 200
53 Blue Jays Dwight Smith OF McIntosh H.S. (Ga.) 5-11 180
54 Padres Brett Austin C Providence H.S. (N.C.) 6-1 190
55 Twins Hudson Boyd RHP Bishop Verot H.S. (Fla.) 6-2 235
56 Rays Kes Carter OF Western Kentucky 6-1 190
57 Blue Jays Kevin Comer RHP Seneca H.S. (N.J.) 6-4 200
58 Padres Jace Peterson SS McNeese State 6-1 190
59 Rays Grayson Garvin LHP Vanderbilt 6-6 210
60 Rays James Harris Jr. OF Oakland Tech H.S. (Calif.) 6-1 175