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Nationals option SP prospect A.J. Cole to Triple-A
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(3/18/15) The Nationals announced Wednesday they optioned starting pitcher prospect A.J. Cole to Triple-A Syracuse.
Cole made one start and two relief appearances this spring for Washington. He posted a 3.86 ERA and .276 opponents' batting average. He allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks in seven innings. He gave up three home runs and struck out two.
Cole is considered the Nationals' sixth-best prospect by Baseball America.
"I thought he pitched really well," manager Matt Williams said of Cole's spring, per MLB.com. "We have to get him back down to his normal routine. He is working on secondary pitches and that's the key for him. He runs the fastball in there in the mid-90s. As a starter, he can do that for extended innings. The key for him is the breaking ball and the changeup."
Nationals' Williams impressed with A.J. Cole Thursday
|by R.J. White | CBSSports.com|
|(3/12/15) Nationals pitching prospect A.J. Cole surrendered one run on four hits and two walks in 1 2/3 innings and threw 25 pitches in the first inning, but manager Matt Williams was impressed with his resilience despite the young pitcher leaving feeling disappointed, MLB.com reports.
"That speaks to desire, though, the fact that he wants to be good," Williams said. "And he prides himself on being good. I'm impressed with the way he got out of the [first] inning, in a jam there. … He's going to find himself in that position at some point during his career again and if you have the tools to get out of it, it's great."
Cole surrendered a home run in the first inning but was able to keep the Mets off the scoreboard after that. He's expected to open the season at Triple-A.
Nationals' Cole earns high praise from manager following BP session
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(3/2/15) The Nationals held their first live batting practice session of the spring Sunday, and starting pitcher prospect A.J. Cole earned high marks from manager Matt Williams, per MLB.com.
“He had a great live session today,” Williams said. “For me, he is growing into body. He is a young player. He is tall. He has great leverage and is getting stronger certainly by the year. This year he came into spring training looking great. Of course, we know about his fastball and curveball. Depending on the day, he can touch mid-to-high 90s with his fastball. He is a very promising prospects for us and still very young. … I know he wants to pitch and loves taking the ball that for sure.”
Cole is considered the Nationals' second-best prospect by MLB.com.
Nats add four, subtract one from 40-man roster
|by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst|
|(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.
|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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