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A.J. Cole | Starting Pitcher | #22

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 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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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. Sep 25 - 10:34 PM

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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.
Sep 16 - 4:02 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.
Sep 4 - 10:30 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.
Sep 4 - 3:21 PM

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

Cole pitched well in a spot start Friday, but he's no longer needed with Max Scherzer (neck) slated to come off the disabled list Monday. He'll be back in September and could make another spot start or two.
Aug 27 - 11:36 AM

A.J. Cole was handed a tough-luck loss after tossing six innings of one-run ball Friday against the Mets.

Cole gave up an RBI single to Asdrubal Cabrera in the first inning, but he held the Mets off the board from there. He matched his career-high with eight strikeouts. This was strictly a spot-start, as Max Scherzer (neck) is slated to return from the disabled list this weekend.
Aug 25 - 10:55 PM

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

Cole will start Friday in place of Max Scherzer (neck). He's put up a 5.32 ERA across four starts in the majors this season and should be avoided in fantasy leagues.
Aug 25 - 10:40 AM

A.J. Cole will be called up to start Friday against the Mets.

It should be one and done for Cole in the starting rotation with Max Scherzer (neck) due back this weekend. The right-hander sports a mediocre 5.32 ERA across four major league starts this season.
Aug 24 - 6:01 PM

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

Cole allowed three earned runs over six innings in a loss to the Giants on Sunday, falling to 1-3 on the year with a 5.32 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. Stephen Strasburg (elbow) is on track to return to the Nationals' rotation this weekend against the Padres.
Aug 15 - 4:43 PM

A.J. Cole allowed three earned runs over six innings Sunday as the Nationals dropped the first half of a doubleheader against the Giants.

Cole surrendered six hits and walked three batters while falling to 1-3 on the year. He was thoroughly out-dueled by Giants starter Chris Stratton, who struck out 10 batters over 6 2/3 scoreless innings. The 25-year-old right-hander is likely headed back to Triple-A Syracuse.
Aug 13 - 4:27 PM

A.J. Cole struggled in Tuesday's loss to the Marlins, allowing four runs on four hits over five innings.

The rookie right-hander walked one and punched out five on the evening. All of the damage against him came via the long ball, with Derek Dietrich launching a solo shot in the fourth inning and Giancarlo Stanton crushing a three-run blast in the fifth. He's likely heading back to Triple-A Syracuse.
Aug 8 - 10:17 PM

A.J. Cole coughed up five runs in five innings and was charged with a loss to the Marlins on Wednesday.

He was called up from Triple-A to make a spot start tonight and it did not go well. He gave up an RBI double to Giancarlo Stanton in the first inning, then gave up a pair of two-run homers to Christian Yelich and Derek Dietrich in the fifth. He will probably get sent back down to Triple-A where he has a 5.66 ERA in 16 starts this year.
Aug 2 - 11:45 PM

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

Cole will make a spot start for the Nationals on Wednesday night in Miami. The 25-year-old right-hander has posted an uninspiring 5.66 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, and 63/31 K/BB ratio in 82 2/3 innings (16 starts) this season at the Triple-A level.
Aug 2 - 3:21 PM

A.J. Cole will start Wednesday against the Marlins.

Cole made a spot start for Washington earlier this year, scattering six hits and one run over six strong frames in a win against the Phillies on May 6. With Stephen Strasburg (elbow) aiming to return this weekend, it will probably be one-and-done for Cole in the Nats' rotation.
Aug 1 - 11:00 PM

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

They haven't announced a corresponding move. Cole's recent stint with the big club lasted nearly a week, but he didn't make an appearance.
Jun 23 - 8:09 AM

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2B1Daniel Murphy
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SS1Trea Turner
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3B1Anthony Rendon
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LF1Adam Eaton
2Ryan Raburn
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Victor Robles
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RF1Bryce Harper
2Rafael Bautista
Starting Pitcher
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5A.J. Cole
6Erick Fedde
7Jefry Rodriguez
8Joe Ross
Relief Pitcher
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Madson
3Koda Glover
4Shawn Kelley
5Enny Romero
6Matt Grace
7Sammy Solis
8Austin Adams
9Wander Suero
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