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A.J. Cole | Starting Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (22) / 1/5/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Nationals right-handed pitching prospect A.J. Cole struck out six over seven shutout innings for Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday.
Cole held Triple-A Buffalo to three singles and threw 67 of his 94 pitches for strikes (71.3 percent). Cole has been hit pretty hard in Triple-A, with opposing batters hitting .281/.296/.471 against him, though he does have a 2.64 ERA to go with his 1.207 WHIP and 7.0. The high isolated power (.190) is troubling, but Cole is unlikely to reach the major leagues until 2015, though a September call-up is a distinct possibility. Jul 24 - 8:50 AM

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Nationals right-handed pitching prospect A.J. Cole allowed seven hits and walked two batters while allowing five runs (three earned) over five innings for Double-A Harrisburg.

Cole has alternated good starts with bad starts all season, so this is his obligatory clunker. He has held opposing batters to a .275/.318/.324 line with a 2.56 ERA, but his 1.341 WHIP (made up of a 10.1 H/9 and 2.0 BB/9) and 7.1 K/9 will need to be improved before he has a chance at a promotion.
Jun 13 - 8:21 AM

Nationals prospect RHP A.J. Cole allowed one run on three hits and struck out five batters in as many innings on Sunday for Double-A Harrisburg.

Cole, 22, won his season debut last week after allowing one run in five innings, but he failed to record a strikeout in the start. Sunday was a different story, though, as the right-hander tallied five punchouts en route to his second win. Cole has big-time arm strength, with a fastball that registers in the mid-90s, but his lack of a consistently effective breaking ball has prevented him from making a quick rise to the major leagues. That being said, there's still a realistic chance he receives an audition with the Nationals at some point in 2014.
Apr 14 - 1:50 PM

Nationals reassigned RHP A.J. Cole to minor league camp; optioned LHP Felipe Rivero to Double-A Harrisburg.

Cole is the No. 53 prospect in the game, according to Baseball Prospectus. He went 10-5 with a 3.60 ERA over 25 starts between High-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg in 2013. With another strong campaign, he could make his big league debut this season. Rivero, meanwhile, was acquired last month from the Rays with OF Drew Vettleson and C Jose Lobaton for RHP Nate Karns. The 22-year-old Venezuelan had a 3.40 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 91/52 K/BB ratio in 127 innings last season at High-A Charlotte.
Mar 12 - 11:29 AM

Nationals prospect RHP A.J. Cole has registered a 1.73 ERA and 26/7 K/BB ratio in 26 innings following a promotion to Double-A Harrisburg in late July.

The 21-year-old was promoted to the more advanced level after posting a 4.25 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 102/23 K/BB in 97 1/3 innings for High-A Potomac in the Carolina League. Although he's been knocked around at times this season, the right-hander has showcased swing-and-miss stuff with a mid-90s fastball, as well as a curveball and changeup that both project to be above-average offerings at maturity. Cole is expected to begin the 2014 season back at Double-A with a chance at reaching the major leagues later in the year.
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 01:35:00 PM

The Nationals have promoted prospect right-hander A.J. Cole to Double-A Harrisburg.

Cole, who was re-acquired by the Nationals during the winter, gets a promotion after posting a 4.25 ERA and 102/23 K/BB ratio in 97 1/3 innings over 18 starts with High-A Potomac. The 21-year-old is regarded as one of the team's best pitching prospects.
Tue, Jul 23, 2013 10:56:00 AM

Nationals acquired RHP A.J. Cole from the Athletics in a three-team trade.

Cole, 21, returns to the organization that drafted him after being traded to the A's last winter in the Gio Gonzalez deal. The right-hander put up a 3.70 ERA with 133 strikeouts over 133 2/3 innings between Low- and High-A in 2012.
Wed, Jan 16, 2013 08:04:00 PM

Athletics acquired RHP A.J. Cole, LHP Tommy Milone, RHP Brad Peacock and C Derek Norris from the Nationals for LHP Gio Gonzalez.

Cole posted a 4.04 ERA and 108/24 K/BB ratio in 89 innings this past season at the Single-A level. He's raw and has a ways to go in his development, but the 19-year-old right-hander carries the upside of a potential top-end starter. He was a fourth-round pick of the Nationals in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft and was ranked this winter as the Nationals' No. 4 prospect by Baseball America.
Thu, Dec 22, 2011 05:19:00 PM

Nationals agreed to terms with fourth-round pick RHP A.J. Cole.

Quite a get for the Nats, as Cole was thought to be a difficult sign, thus the reason why he fell to the fourth round. The right-hander will get $2 million, which is well above the suggested slot for a fourth-rounder.
Source: MLBlogs.com
Sun, Aug 15, 2010 08:49:00 AM

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2Jose Lobaton
1B1Adam LaRoche
2B1Anthony Rendon
2Danny Espinosa
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Zach Walters
LF1Bryce Harper
2Kevin Frandsen
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Jayson Werth
2Scott Hairston
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PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Gio Gonzalez
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Tanner Roark
6Matt Purke
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Rafael Soriano
2Tyler Clippard
3Drew Storen
4Craig Stammen
5Jerry Blevins
6Ross Detwiler
7Aaron Barrett
8Ross Ohlendorf
9Erik Davis