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Nats add four, subtract one from 40-man roster
|by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com|
|(11/20/14) The Nationals put pitchers A.J. Cole and Matt Grace, infielder Wilmer Difo and outfielder Brian Goodwin on their 40-man roster and outrighted reliever Ryan Mattheus, who becomes a free agent, reports CSNWashington.com.
A.J. Cole closing in on goal, moved up to Triple-A
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(6/27/14) What was expected is now official: The Nationals have promoted premier pitching prospect A.J. Cole to Triple-A Syracuse.
The 22-year-old Cole compiled a 6-3 record and 2.92 ERA this season for Double-A Harrisburg with 61 strikeouts in 79 innings.
A.J. Cole set for promotion despite recent struggles
|by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com|
|(6/25/14) The Nationals are expected to promote premier pitching prospect A.J. Cole to Triple-A Syracuse in the next few days, according to the Washington Post.
The 22-year-old Cole has actually regressed a bit at Double-A Harrisburg this season with 79 hits allowed and 61 strikeouts in 71 innings. His ERA is up nearly a point from 2013, when he fanned 49 in 45 1/3 innings.
Cole has also not performed well recently. He has yielded 13 runs in his last 25 1/3 innings covering five starts.
Nationals send two players to minors
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(3/12/14) The Nationals announced Wednesday they optioned pitcher Felipe Rivero to Double-A Harrisburg and reassigned pitcher A.J. Cole to minor-league camp.
A.J. Cole making strides in Double-A
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(8/13/13) Nationals pitching prospect A.J. Cole is performing well in Double-A.
Since his promotion, Cole has a 1.73 ERA in 26 innings. He's managed to strikeout 26 hitters over that period. After a rough 2012, Cole has regained his top prospect form with the Nationals.
|2014 Summary: A.J. Cole took another step up the ladder in 2014, the third straight year he has done so midseason. If the pattern continues in 2015, he'll be a major-leaguer. How good of a major-leaguer remains to be seen, though. He has long been regarded as a prospect and was a critical component in two high-profile trades involving the Nationals and Athletics. But he was more hittable in 2014, leaving him with uninspiring ratios apart from a 3.16 ERA.|
Playing time status: With Taylor Jordan already on the outside looking into a rotation that includes Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Gio Gonzalez, Doug Fister and Tanner Roark, Cole is decidedly blocked, meaning no matter how well performs at Triple-A Syracuse, he's not getting a regular rotation spot without an injury ... or maybe two.
2015 Outlook: With a suspect strikeout rate and a tendency to serve up the long ball, Cole doesn't profile as an ace, but he throws pretty hard and has a good enough secondary arsenal that you can expect him to hold down a rotation spot someday. He's in the wrong organization to break through this year, though, so in redraft leagues, except maybe deeper NL-only formats, you can ignore him.
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