Gerrit Cole competed at Cooperstown Dreams Park with the Knuckleheads (CA) during Week 10 in 2003.
During his high school years, Gerrit played three varsity seasons at Orange Lutheran High School (Orange, CA). A right-handed pitcher, Gerrit helped lead his team to the 2008 Trinity League title and an appearance in the CIF Southern Section quarterfinals. His accolades included All-USA High School first-team from USA Today, named a first-team EA Sports All-America selection and a second-team Baseball America All-American honoree. Gerrit was a 2008 first-round draft pick by the New York Yankees, 28th overall. However, Gerrit decided to play at the collegiate level for UCLA (Los Angeles, CA).
During his three seasons at UCLA, Gerrit earned All-Pac-10 team honors, captured Freshman All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, earned second-team Freshman All-America accolades from Ping!Baseball, All-Tournament Team honors at the NCAA Los Angeles Regional, All-Pac-10 team, second-team All-America honors from Collegiate Baseball and Ping! Baseball, and third-team accolades from Baseball America and the NCBWA.
The Pittsburgh Pirates made Gerrit the first overall pick of Major League Baseball’s amateur draft in 2011. He played for the Pirates organization until 2017, making his major league debut in 2013. Gerrit was with the Houston Astros from 2018-2019 before signing a contract with the New York Yankees where he continues to lead the way on the mound securing his 1,500th strikeout on May 12, 2021.