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A.J. Cole | Starting Pitcher | #22

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (25) / 1/5/1992
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 213
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2010 / Rd. 4 (0) / WAS
Contract: view contract details

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A.J. Cole dropped the appeal of his five-game suspension on Saturday.
He appealed so that he could start Friday, but he'll serve two games of the suspension this season and three next year. It won't affect Cole at the beginning of next season if he is part of the Nationals' rotation. Sun, Oct 2, 2016 01:47:00 PM

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A.J. Cole lasted just three innings in Friday's no-decision against the Marlins, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits over his three frames.

The rookie right-hander struck out two and didn't issue a walk in the contest. After a scoreless first inning, the Marlins scratched out a pair of runs in each of Cole's remaining innings. He wraps up his rookie campaign with a 5.17 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over 38 1/3 innings.
Sat, Oct 1, 2016 01:07:00 AM

A.J. Cole has been suspended five games by Major League Baseball for throwing at Jung Ho Kang on Sunday.

Cole was retaliating for Kang's fake tag on Bryce Harper in the top of the third inning, which led to Harper dropping into an awkward slide and suffering a left thumb injury. Cole was also fined for the attempted beanball -- it actually sailed behind Kang. He is appealing the five-game suspension and will remain active until that appeal is heard. The suspension might have to be served in 2017.
Tue, Sep 27, 2016 05:49:00 PM

A.J. Cole was ejected from Sunday's start versus the Pirates for intentionally throwing a pitch at Jung Ho Kang.

Kang faked a tag on Bryce Harper at third base in the top of the third inning, leading to an awkward slide from Harper and an apparent hand injury. Cole and the Nationals took exception, and the righty threw one behind Kang's head and was immediately thrown out. A brawl ensued, and Sean Rodriguez was also ejected. It seems likely that Cole will receive a suspension, and Rodriguez probably will, as well.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016 03:08:00 PM

A.J. Cole gave up only two runs but lasted just four innings in Monday's loss to the Marlins.

Cole had thrown just 79 pitches, but the Nationals had a scoring opportunity in the top of the fifth inning and elected to pinch-hit for their starter. He struck out three while permitting four hits and a couple walks. Cole hasn't gone more than five innings in any of his last three outings. He'll face the Pirates on Sunday.
Mon, Sep 19, 2016 10:23:00 PM

A.J. Cole struck out six but allowed three runs on nine hits and two walks over five innings in Tuesday's loss to the Mets.

Cole was able to pitch out of jams in first and second innings, but his luck pretty much ran out after that. The 24-year-old has put up a nice 31/9 K/BB ratio over 28 2/3 innings for the Nats, but he's now yielded seven runs over his last 10 innings. He'll try to bounce back next week in Miami.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 11:06:00 PM

A.J. Cole struck out eight while allowing four runs over five innings in a loss to the Phillies on Thursday.

Cole gave up just five hits, but two of them left the yard, including a three-run lightning bolt from Ryan Howard. All four runs came in the third inning, and Cole was otherwise stingy. Homers aside -- he's now given up six in four starts -- the 24-year-old has held his own to date, owning a 4.56 ERA, 1.01 WHIP and 25/7 K/BB ratio. With Stephen Strasburg sidelined indefinitely, Cole will almost surely remain in the Nats' rotation. His next start is scheduled for Tuesday against the Mets.
Thu, Sep 8, 2016 10:06:00 PM

A.J. Cole was excellent in Friday’s win over the Mets, tossing six innings of one-run ball as part of a 4-1 victory.

Cole gave up just three hits in all, with the lone run scoring on a solo homer from Asdrubal Cabrera in the fourth inning. He fanned five and walked a pair in the win. The 24-year-old has held his own while filling in for Stephen Strasburg by posting a 3.86 ERA and 17/7 K/BB ratio in 18 2/3 innings through three starts. Assuming he gets another turn, he’ll face the Braves in a favorable matchup next week.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 11:23:00 PM

A.J. Cole delivered a decent effort in a no-decision against the Rockies on Saturday, allowing three runs on four hits over 5 2/3 innings.

The rookie right-hander struck out four and walked three on the afternoon. He surrendered a solo homer to Charlie Blackmon in the third inning, then allowed the Rockies to scratch out a pair of runs in the fourth. It's unclear if he'll stick around to make another start, but if he does his next turn will come on Friday against the Mets in New York.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 05:58:00 PM

Nationals manager Dusty Baker said that A.J. Cole is tentatively scheduled to start against the Rockies on Saturday.

Cole was called up for a spot start in place of Stephen Strasburg (elbow) on Monday. The 24-year-old right-hander fanned eight and allowed four runs across seven innings against the Orioles in that one. Baker is not 100 percent set on Cole starting this weekend, though, and Lucas Giolito is an option for Saturday should the Nationals decide to move in a different direction.
Source: MASN
Wed, Aug 24, 2016 06:18:00 PM

A.J. Cole held his own against the Orioles on Monday, striking out eight while yielding four runs over seven innings.

The Orioles got to Cole in the third and fourth innings with a couple homers and four runs, but overall it was a nice effort from the young right-hander. He threw 108 pitches while navigating through his seven frames and likely earned another start as Stephen Strasburg's fill-in. It will come at home against the Rockies this weekend.
Mon, Aug 22, 2016 10:18:00 PM

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

Cole will make a spot start on Monday night against the Orioles, filling in for the injured Stephen Strasburg. Cole, 24, has allowed 11 runs -- six earned -- over 9 1/3 innings this season at the major league level. He's not a good streaming option in Baltimore.
Mon, Aug 22, 2016 01:34:00 PM

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

Cole was with the club for just a couple of days as an extra bullpen arm. The 24-year-old hurler will surely return to the big league club once rosters expand in September.
Sat, Aug 20, 2016 03:22:00 PM

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

Cole will give the Nats a fresh bullpen arm. He probably won't be up for long. The 24-year-old has registered a 4.26 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 109/35 K/BB ratio in 124 2/3 innings (22 starts) this season at Triple-A.
Thu, Aug 18, 2016 03:24:00 PM

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.
Fri, Mar 11, 2016 10:17:00 AM

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