Cole, Zunino profiles; top prospects

Updated: June 16, 2013, 6:07 PM ET
By Jim Callis | Baseball America
As you may have noticed, two elite prospects were promoted in the past week. The Pittsburgh Pirates called up right-handed starting pitcher Gerrit Cole, whose pure stuff rivals that of anyone in the game, and the Seattle Mariners turned to Mike Zunino, baseball's top catching prospect.

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Ken Babbitt/Four Seam Images/AP ImagesGerrit Cole posted a 2.91 ERA and 1.06 WHIP at Triple-A Indianapolis prior to his call-up.

Cole was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 draft and recipient of a draft-record $8 million bonus. He has an impressive arsenal that includes an upper-90s four-seam fastball, a mid-90s two-seamer, a wipeout slider and a tantalizing changeup. He began his big league career Tuesday night by fanning Gregor Blanco on three consecutive 96 mph heaters, and he averaged 96 mph on his fastball for his 6 1/3 innings.