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69 A.J. Cole RP
Height/Weight: 6-5/200 | Birthdate: 1/5/1992 | Birthplace: Winter Springs, FL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 5/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Nationals pitching prospect A.J. Cole leaves start with groin issue


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/30/2015) Nationals pitching prospect A.J. Cole was removed from his start Monday for Triple-A Syracuse with groin tightness, per the Washington Post. He pitched just two innings.

Any absence would be coming at an inopportune time for the 23-year-old Cole, who had rebounded from a terrible stretch to throw eight shutout innings in his last two outings.


Nats promote Ross for MLB debut, option Cole; Stammen to 60-day DL


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/6/2015) The Nationals purchased the contract of right-hander Joe Ross, optioned right-handed pitcher A.J. Cole to Triple-A Syracuse, and moved right-handed pitcher Craig Stammen to the 60-day disabled list on Saturday, per the team's official website.

Ross will make his big-league debut on Saturday against the Cubs. He went 2-2 with a 2.81 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP and 54:12 K:BB ratio over nine starts (51 1/3 innings) in the minors.

Cole made three appearances -- including one start -- for the Nationals, notching one save in 9 1/3 innings of work.


Nationals recall A.J. Cole; option Taylor Jordan, Wilmer Difo to minors


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2015) The Nationals announced several roster moves prior to Thursday's game against the Cubs, per the team's official website. The team recalled right-hander A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse, and optioned right-hander Taylor Jordan to Syracuse and infielder Wilmer Difo to Double-A Harrisburg. 

Nationals recall Taylor Jordan, option A.J. Cole


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) The Nationals announced on Sunday that they have recalled right-handed pitcher Taylor Jordan to their major-league roster. 

By bringing Jordan up, the Nationals have optioned right-handed pitcher A.J. Cole to Triple-A Syracuse. 

Jordan has had stints with the Nationals in both 2013 and 2014 and holds a career ERA of 4.31. This will be his first time with the club in 2015. With Syracuse this year, he holds a 2.14 ERA with 26 strikeouts. 

Cole has appeared in three games for the Nationals with mixed results. He went 4 1/3 innings, from the fourth and into the eighth, in Saturday's 8-1 loss to the Phillies and allowed two earned runs and four hits while striking out seven. In 9 1/3 innings this year, Cole has a 5.79 ERA. 


Nationals pitcher A.J. Cole strikes out seven in relief on Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/23/2015) Nationals pitcher A.J. Cole allowed two runs in 4 1/3 innings of relief on Saturday in Washington's 8-1 loss to the Phillies.

Cole added seven strikeouts with no walks after starter Stephen Strasburg struggled. It was something the team needed from the rookie, manager Matt Williams said per MASN Sports.

"He stretched our bullpen," Williams said. "Unfortunately, those are the positions that he's been in. He saved extra work for the bullpen today. He's able to get out there and go to 100 (pitches) if we had to. He threw some good changeups. He gave up a couple of runs, but all in all threw the ball well, threw strikes and worked through the innings we needed him to work through."

Cole now has a 5.79 ERA in 9 1/3 innings of work with nine strikeouts and one walk.


Nationals pitcher A.J. Cole strikes out seven in relief Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Nationals rookie right-hander A.J. Cole made his third appearance of the season on Saturday, and his second since being recalled from Triple-A on May 15. Cole's outing Saturday against the Nationals looked promising, though the team fell 8-1 to the Phillies.

Cole relieved Stephen Strasburg with two outs and the team already down 6-0 in the fourth and was able to close out that inning with no further damage. Cole gave up a solo home run to Ryan Howard in the fifth, and another run in the sixth, but otherwise was quite effective. 

Overall, the 23-year-old pitched 4 1/3 innings, striking out seven without issuing a walk. He gave up two runs on four hits and now has a 5.79 ERA on the season. That number is inflated due to the four earned runs he gave up in two innings during his big-league debut on April 28. 

It remains to be seen if manager Matt Williams plans to move Cole into the rotation in the near future.


Nationals place Doug Fister (forearm) on DL, recall A.J. Cole


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) The Nationals placed pitcher Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list with tightness in his right forearm, reports The Washington Post.

Fister was roughed up in his latest outing Thursday, giving up seven runs on eight hits over two innings. With Fister heading to the disabled list, the Nationals will recall pitcher A.J. Cole from the minor leagues.


Nationals recall Michael Taylor, Sammy Solis, option A.J. Cole


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) The Nationals have recalled pitcher Sammy Solis and outfielder Michael Taylor while optioning pitcher A.J. Cole back to Triple-A, the team announced. 

In addition, Washington placed outfielder Reed Johnson on the 15-day DL with a calf strain. Cole started Tuesday's game against the Braves and was rocked for nine runs in two innings of work. Taylor was sent to Triple-A roughly two weeks ago and was hitting .271 to start the year. Solis has appeared in three games this season in the minors with an 0-0 record and a 2.25 ERA.


A.J. Cole pounded in MLB debut for Nationals


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Nationals starter A.J. Cole was shelled in a no decision on Tuesday. Making his MLB debut, Cole gave up nine runs, four earned, in two innings. He allowed nine hits and walked one. Cole struck out one and threw 55 pitches, 30 strikes. 

Nationals recall A.J. Cole, option Rafael Martin


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) The Nationals recalled pitcher A.J. Cole from Triple-A Syracuse Tuesday and optioned pitcher Rafael Martin to the same club, the team announced.

Cole will start Tuesday against the Braves in what will be his major-league debut. He's posted a 2.40 ERA and 10:1 K:BB ratio in 15 innings with Syracuse across three starts. Cole was rated the No. 91 prospect in baseball by Baseball America prior to the 2015 season.

Martin, who struck out five straight batters in two scoreless innings in his debut April 15, has posted a 9.00 ERA and 11:2 K:BB ratio in five innings.


Nationals call up A.J. Cole to start Tuesday against the Braves


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) The Nationals have called up pitcher A.J. Cole to pitch in Tuesday's game against the Braves, according to MASN Sports.

Washington needed a pitcher to fill in for Max Scherzer, who will be skipped in the rotation while he recovers from a thumb injury. Manager Matt Williams wants to allow Scherzer to get his thumb 100 percent healthy before starting him again. 

Cole has made three starts for Triple-A Syracuse, posting a 2.40 ERA with 10 strikeouts and one walk in 15 innings. The team has yet to make a corresponding roster move.


Nationals option SP prospect A.J. Cole to Triple-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) 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
(3/12/2015) 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
(3/2/2015) 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
(11/20/2014) 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
(6/27/2014) 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
(6/25/2014) 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
(3/12/2014) 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
(8/13/2013) 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. 


A.J. Cole strikes out 10


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2013) Nationals pitching prospect A.J. Cole struck out 10 batters in his third Double-A start. 

Cole went seven innings, giving up four hits and one run. He did not walk any batters. Cole has lived up to his prospect billing after a down year in 2012. Harrisburg pitching coach Paul Menhart said the biggest difference he's seen with Cole is his ability to command his fastball. 

In three Double-A starts, Cole has a 0.90 ERA. 


Nationals 'very pleased' with A.J. Cole's progress


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2013) Nationals starting pitcher prospect A.J. Cole has pitched well since his promotion to Double-A Harrisburg. Cole has won his first two starts, while posting 0.69 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and .149 opponents' batting average.

The 2010 fourth-round pick has struck out 12 and walked four in 13 innings.

"He has gone up there and competed very well," Nationals director of player development Doug Harris said. "He has thrown a lot of strikes and been very aggressive. We are very pleased with where he is at."


Nationals promote A.J. Cole to Double-A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/23/2013) The Nationals promoted starting pitcher prospect A.J. Cole from Class A Potomac to Double-A Harrisburg Tuesday, according to The Washington Times. Cole was 6-3 with a 4.25 ERA in 18 starts for Potomac, however, he struck out 102 batters in 97 1/3 innings.

A.J. Cole to pitch in Futures Game


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2013) Nationals pitcher A.J. Cole will replace recently promoted Taylor Jordan in the Futures Game, according to SiriusXM. 

Cole has a 4.58 ERA in 16 starts at Class A Potomac. With Jordan promoted, he was no longer eligible for the roster. 


Secondary pitches the primary focus for A.J. Cole


by Bill Passonno | CBSSports.com
(5/12/2013) Nationals pitching prospect A.J. Cole continues to shine during his second stint with the organization after being reacquired in the offseason. After being named the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for his stellar performance last week, Cole permitted just one run and five hits while recording seven strikeouts over five innings for Class A Potomac on Saturday.

"His fastball command is very much improved," Nationals director of player development Doug Harris told MASNsports.com. "I think his trust and usage of his secondary stuff has come a long way. His understanding of when to use his breaking ball and in what counts and in what situations is improving. He is more effective with his changeup than he has been in the past."

Overall, the 21-year-old Cole has notched a 1-1 record and 3.65 ERA in his seven starts this season along with 41 strikeouts and just nine walks.


A.J. Cole's best start leads to first win


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2013) Nationals starting pitcher prospect A.J. Cole had his best start for Class A Potomac Friday, which resulted in his first win. Cole, who is considered the Nationals' fourth-best prospect by MLB.com, tossed six scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out nine.

Cole is 1-1 with a 3.94 ERA and .264 opponents' batting average in six starts. He has struck out 34 batters and walked just six. His 34 strikeouts put him in the top 10 in the Carolina League.