For the past two seasons, Gerrit Cole ’08 went 35-10 with .268 era over 65 starts with the Houston Astros. The ’08 alum parlayed that success into a record-breaking 9-year $324 million deal with the New York Yankees.
Cole started his ascent to stardom while at Orange Lutheran. He pitched for the Lancers from 2005-2008 where he was throwing between 97-100 mph his senior season. Cole was selected as the 28th pick in the 2008 MLB Draft out of high school by the New York Yankees but ultimately opted to attend UCLA. Cole spent 3 seasons as a Bruin before entering the draft again. He was selected 1st overall in the 2011 MLB draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates. In January 2019, Cole had his #10 jersey retired by the Orange Lutheran baseball program, the first number ever retired by the team.