Cole among 23 1st-round picks still unsigned

By RONALD BLUM | August 15, 2011 | 6:00 PM EDT

FILE - This June 21, 2010, file photo shoes UCLA starting pitcher Gerrit Cole throwing against TCU in the first inning of an NCAA College World Series baseball game, in Omaha, Neb. Cole, taken by Pittsburgh with the top pick in the amateur draft, is among more than 20 first-round selections facing a midnight deadline to sign with major league clubs. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — UCLA pitcher Gerrit Cole was among 23 first-round draft picks facing a Monday midnight deadline to reach agreements with major league teams.

Cole was selected by Pittsburgh and is represented by agent Scott Boras, who was negotiating for the top pick for the third straight year after reaching agreements with Washington for pitcher Stephen Strasburg ($15.1 million over four years) and outfielder Bryce Harper ($9.9 million over five years).

Boras also was trying to reach deals for the fifth and sixth picks. High school outfielder Bubba Starling was taken by Kansas City with the No. 5 selection and Rice third baseman Anthony Renden went next to Washington.

Just 10 of the 33 players taken on the first round June 6 had reached agreements entering Monday, including just one of the first nine picks: No. 3 Trevor Bauer, a teammate of Cole's on the UCLA pitching staff, agreed July 25 to a $4.45 million, four-year contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Aug. 15 deadline, in its fifth year, applies to players taken in the draft who have remaining college eligibility. Agents have said that in many cases teams won't start negotiations until shortly before the deadline.