Gerrit Cole on Baseball America's All-Rookie Team

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Baseball America has named Gerrit Cole to its All-Rookie Team, joining Jose Fernandez, Shelby Miller, Hyun-Jin Ryu and Julio Teheran among starting pitchers. (This was a rookie team for all of baseball, but the National League figures more prominently than the American League pretty much everywhere here.) BA notes that there was a ton of high-end rookie starting pitching throughout the big leagues this season. Here's BA on Cole:

Cole was one of two rookie starters this season to record an average fastball velocity of 95 mph or greater while working at least 50 innings. He averaged 95.5 to rank a close second to the Indians’ Danny Salazar at 95.9. For a pitcher who has been heavily scrutinized since turning down the Yankees as a first-round pick in 2008, then going No. 1 overall in the draft three years later, Cole has not wilted under the extra pressure.

The Cardinals have two other representatives in Matt Adams and Trevor Rosenthal, which isn't surprising.

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