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A.J. Cole | Starting Pitcher | #22

Team: Washington Nationals
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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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

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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

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.
Sun, Aug 27, 2017 11:36:00 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.
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 10:55:00 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.
Fri, Aug 25, 2017 10:40:00 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.
Thu, Aug 24, 2017 06:01:00 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.
Tue, Aug 15, 2017 04:43:00 PM

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1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Matt Adams
2B1Daniel Murphy
2Howie Kendrick
3Wilmer Difo
SS1Trea Turner
2Adrian Sanchez
3B1Anthony Rendon
2Matt Reynolds
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LF1Adam Eaton
2Ryan Raburn
CF1Michael Taylor
2Brian Goodwin
3Andrew Stevenson
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
S1Max Scherzer
2Stephen Strasburg
3Tanner Roark
4Gio Gonzalez
5Jeremy Hellickson
6A.J. Cole
7Edwin Jackson
8Joe Ross
9Tommy Milone
Relief Pitcher
R1Sean Doolittle
2Ryan Madson
3Brandon Kintzler
4Koda Glover
5Shawn Kelley
6Enny Romero
7Joaquin Benoit
8Matt Grace
9Sammy Solis
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11Trevor Gott
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