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A.J. Cole | Starting Pitcher | #43

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (24) / 1/5/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 4 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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Nationals optioned RHP A.J. Cole to Triple-A Syracuse.
It would have taken an injury or two for Cole to have a shot at an Opening Day roster spot. He'll be in Syracuse's rotation. Mar 11 - 10:17 AM

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Nationals recalled RHP A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse.

Cole has struggled in three appearances this season at the major league level, but the 23-year-old was on a roll at Triple-A Syracuse and should be a nice addition to the Nationals' battered bullpen for the stretch.
Thu, Sep 3, 2015 03:00:00 PM

Nationals RHP prospect A.J. Cole allowed three hits and one unearned run over 6 2/3 innings Tuesday in a win for Triple-A Syracuse.

He finished with seven punch-outs, one off his season-high. Cole has won four of his last five starts with a 1.11 ERA in that stretch. The 23-year-old has made three appearances in the big leagues this year and could make a few more when rosters expand.
Wed, Aug 26, 2015 05:03:00 PM

Nationals RHP prospect A.J. Cole delivered seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in a win for Triple-A Syracuse.

The seven innings of work was a season-high. He also matched a season-high with six strikeouts. The 23-year-old posted a 5.79 ERA during a three-game stint with the Nationals earlier this season. Cole should get another call to Washington when rosters expand next month.
Mon, Aug 10, 2015 03:20:00 PM

A.J. Cole left his start with Triple-A Syracuse on Monday after two innings due to groin tightness.

It's unclear if the issue will require an extended absence. Cole, 23, has made three appearances (one start) with the Nationals this season and owns a 4.40 ERA and 32/19 K/BB ratio over 47 innings in Triple-A.
Tue, Jun 30, 2015 12:34:00 PM

Nationals optioned RHP A.J. Cole to Triple-A Syracuse.

Cole was sent out to make room on the roster for Joe Ross who will make his big league debut on Saturday against the Cubs. Cole should get another opportunity with the Nationals before long.
Sat, Jun 6, 2015 10:47:00 AM

Nationals recalled RHP A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse.

Cole seems likely to make a spot start for the Nationals on Sunday against the visiting Cubs. The 23-year-old right-hander has posted decent minor league numbers, but he can be avoided in standard fantasy formats.
Thu, Jun 4, 2015 02:33:00 PM

Nationals optioned RHP A.J. Cole to Triple-A Syracuse.

The Nats needed a fresh bullpen arm after Cole threw 4 1/3 relief innings Saturday. Taylor Jordan takes his spot on the roster.
Sun, May 24, 2015 11:47:00 AM

A.J. Cole pitched three scoreless innings against the Padres for a save on Friday.

Cole was recalled before the game in place of Doug Fister, and he'll probably take Fister's spot in the rotation next week. He was available out of the pen tonight, though, and he made the most of his opportunity to pitch in a blowout.
Sat, May 16, 2015 01:15:00 AM

Nationals recalled RHP A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse.

Cole is being called up in place of the injured Doug Fister. He made his major league debut on April 28 and was crushed for nine runs by the Braves. He'll get another shot with Fister recovering from a forearm injury.
Fri, May 15, 2015 06:46:00 PM

Nationals optioned RHP A.J. Cole to Triple-A Syracuse.

Cole really struggled in his major league debut Wednesday, yielding nine runs -- four earned -- in two innings. He'll return to Syracuse's rotation.
Wed, Apr 29, 2015 02:19:00 PM

A.J. Cole was hammered in his major league debut, giving up nine runs (four earned) in two innings, but avoided a loss as the Nationals came back to win on Tuesday against the Braves.

Cole came into the season ranked as one of baseball's top pitching prospects, earning a #30 overall ranking from Baseball Prospectus, even. But the Braves collected nine hits and a walk -- as well as a fielding error by Cole -- to jump out to a 9-1 lead after two innings. The 23-year-old right-hander did at least manage to record a strikeout. Cole, filling in for Max Scherzer (thumb), will likely head back to Triple-A Syracuse. The poor outing makes it more likely Tanner Roark gets the ball if the Nationals need a spot start later on.
Tue, Apr 28, 2015 11:09:00 PM

Nationals recalled RHP A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse.

With Max Scherzer (thumb) pushed back, the Nationals considered using Tanner Roark for a spot start Tuesday against the Braves, but they ultimately opted for Cole to pitch in what will be his major league debut. Scherzer is expected to be fine in a couple of days, so Cole will likely be sent right back down after the game. The 23-year-old posted a 2.40 ERA and 10/1 K/BB ratio over his first 15 innings in Triple-A this season.
Tue, Apr 28, 2015 02:32:00 PM

A.J. Cole will make his major league debut on Tuesday versus the Braves.

The Nationals have decided to keep Tanner Roark in the bullpen rather than giving him the spot start. Ranked by Baseball America before the season as the team's No. 6 prospect, Cole boasts a 2.40 ERA and 10/1 K/BB ratio over his first 15 innings at Triple-A Syracuse this season. He'll be making just the one start, as Max Scherzer (thumb) is expected to be ready in a couple days.
Mon, Apr 27, 2015 10:53:00 PM

Nationals prospect A.J. Cole fired six shutout frames Tuesday for Triple-A Syracuse.

Cole has actually been hit fairly hard this year (18 hits in 15 innings), but he's kept the damage to a minimum (2.40 ERA). He's been throwing strikes, walking just one of the 63 batters he's faced this year. The 23-year-old has the goods, but it's going to be tough for him to break into the Nationals' star-studded rotation.
Wed, Apr 22, 2015 02:23:00 PM

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