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A.J. Cole | Relief Pitcher | #67

Team: New York Yankees
Age / DOB:  (26) / 1/5/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 225
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 4 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details
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Yankees acquired RHP A.J. Cole from the Nationals for cash considerations.
Cole had been designated for assignment but now has a new home and will be added to the 25-man roster. The right-hander is a former top prospect but has posted a 5.32 ERA over 110 major league innings. He'll operate in a long relief role in New York. Apr 23 - 11:37 PM

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Nationals designated RHP A.J. Cole for assignment.

Cole is a former top-100 prospect, but he's posted a 5.32 ERA over 110 major league innings and his work in the minors the last couple years has also regressed. He's still just 26, so some team could take a chance on him on waivers.
Apr 20 - 5:48 PM

A.J. Cole yielded three hits and two runs over 5 1/3 innings Wednesday in the Nationals’ loss to Atlanta.

He spanned 76 pitches while recording two walks and five strikeouts. Cole was done in by a pair of home runs, both solo shots, to Ozzie Albies in the first and Kurt Suzuki in the fourth. That’s been a running theme with Cole, who also allowed two long balls in a loss to these very same Braves last week. The right-hander will take a disappointing 12.00 ERA into his next start Monday against the red-hot Mets.
Apr 11 - 6:14 PM

The Nationals will skip A.J. Cole's scheduled turn in the rotation on Monday against the Braves.

Max Scherzer will start on Monday instead on regular rest. Cole will remain in the rotation and will pitch against the Rockies later in the week.
Apr 7 - 10:32 AM

A.J. Cole was obliterated in Tuesday's loss to the Braves, surrendering 10 earned runs on 10 hits in his 3 2/3 innings of work.

The right-hander also issued three free passes while striking out four on the night. The Braves jumped on him for four in the first inning, carried by a three-run homer by Preston Tucker, then added another four spot in the second inning including a three-run bomb from Freddie Freeman. Given how poor this outing went, it's unlikely he'll get another start for the Nationals. He did at least help his own cause with a solo homer in the second inning.
Apr 3 - 11:02 PM

A.J. Cole struggled to throw strikes while yielding three runs in four innings during a loss to the Astros on Friday.

He issued five walks in the contest in addition to five base hits while striking out three. Cole is in line to begin the season as the Nationals' number five starter -- at least until the recently-signed Jeremy Hellickson gets stretched out enough to start. Cole went 3-5 with a 3.81 ERA in eight starts and three relief appearances for Washington last year.
Mar 23 - 9:32 PM

Nationals manager Dave Martinez confirmed that A.J. Cole will start the fifth game of the year for the Nationals.

Martinez also said that the goal is to get Jeremy Hellickson will throw 60 pitches in his outing on Friday, and they'll ramp things up from there. Once considered one of the better right-handed pitching prospects in the game, Cole no longer has that luster, and he's not worth a roster spot on fantasy rosters to begin the year -- especially knowing Hellickson will likely take his spot at some point next month.
Mar 23 - 3:29 PM

A.J. Cole tossed four innings of one-run ball Sunday in a Grapefruit League start against the Cardinals.

That one run came on a Jose Martinez solo shot in the bottom of the fourth inning. Cole was otherwise sharp, striking out six of the 14 batters he faced while yielding just one other hit and one walk. The 26-year-old right-hander is trying to lock up the final spot in the Nationals' rotation.
Mar 18 - 2:30 PM

A.J. Cole gave up three runs and five hits in three innings Tuesday versus an Astros split-squad.

It was a good split-squad that included five regulars from the world champs and Cole did end up with four strikeouts and no walks, so it wasn't a total bust. Still, he needs to do a little better to ensure that he'll be the Nationals' fifth starter. It'd still make a lot of sense for the team to add one of the free agent starters.
Mar 6 - 5:26 PM

A.J. Cole pitched two scoreless innings and struck out three Thursday as the Nationals defeated the Braves 6-2.

Cole allowed two hits and walked one in his spring debut. Barring an acquisition, Cole is likely to open the year as the Nationals' fifth starter.
Mar 1 - 5:47 PM

Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Friday that A.J. Cole has "got the upper hand" for the fifth spot in the rotation if he performs as he's capable.

His main competition figures to come from Erick Fedde and non-roster invitee Edwin Jackson, although it's possible the Nationals will wind up signing a starter. Cole posted a 3.81 ERA over 11 appearances -- eight starts -- for the Nats last season, which included a 2.70 ERA across his final 30 innings.
Feb 16 - 1:01 PM

A.J. Cole worked 5 2/3 innings of one-run ball Monday in the Nationals' win over the Phillies.

Cole did a good job of damage control in this one, scattering six hits and two walks while striking out five. The one run he gave up came on a solo shot by Odubel Herrera in the bottom of the fourth inning. Cole has lowered his regular-season ERA to 4.10 and he may have a spot on the Nationals' NLDS roster as a long reliever.
Mon, Sep 25, 2017 10:34:00 PM

A.J. Cole took a loss to the Dodgers by allowing three runs in five innings on Saturday.

He struck out five, walked two and surrendered seven hits -- including a solo home run by Cody Bellinger. Cole spent most of the season putting up a 5.88 ERA in 18 starts at Triple-A Syracuse. He has a 4.43 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in nine games (seven starts) with the Nationals.
Sat, Sep 16, 2017 04:02:00 PM

A.J. Cole limited the Marlins to two runs -- one earned -- over 5 2/3 innings Monday for his second win of the season.

Cole was called up this week to replace Erick Fedde (forearm) in the Nationals' starting rotation and he mostly pitched well on Monday night at Marlins Park, scattering four walks and five hits over his five-plus frames while tallying five strikeouts. The only earned run against him came on a Giancarlo Stanton solo shot in the bottom of the fifth. Cole, 25, now stands 2-4 with a 4.01 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and 31/20 K/BB ratio over 33 2/3 innings (six starts) this season at the MLB level. If he gets another turn and it comes on normal rest, a home matchup with the Phillies is next.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 10:30:00 PM

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

Cole will replace the injured Erick Fedde (forearm) in the Nationals' rotation and start Monday against the Marlins. He has a 4.50 ERA and 26/16 K/BB ratio in 28 innings over five starts with the Nationals this season.
Mon, Sep 4, 2017 03:21:00 PM

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C1Gary Sanchez
2Austin Romine
1B1Greg Bird
2Neil Walker
3Tyler Austin
2B1Gleyber Torres
2Ronald Torreyes
SS1Didi Gregorius
3B1Miguel Andujar
LF1Brett Gardner
CF1Aaron Hicks
2Jacoby Ellsbury
RF1Aaron Judge
2Billy McKinney
DH1Giancarlo Stanton
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PosRoleName
S1Masahiro Tanaka
2Luis Severino
3CC Sabathia
4Sonny Gray
5Jordan Montgomery
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PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2David Robertson
3Dellin Betances
4Tommy Kahnle
5Chad Green
6Adam Warren
7Chasen Shreve
8Domingo German
9Ben Heller
10Luis Cessa
11Jonathan Holder
12A.J. Cole
13Ryan Bollinger