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A.J. Cole

25-Year-Old Pitcher – Washington Nationals

2017 Stats

W-L

3-5

ERA

3.81

WHIP

1.50

K

44

SV

0

2018 RotoWire Projections

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

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2018 ADP:

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 5"   WT: 225   DOB: 1/5/1992   BORN: Winter Springs, FL   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 4th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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A.J. Cole Contract Information:

Signed a deal with the Nationals in August 2010 that includes a $2 million signing bonus.

September 25, 2017  –  A.J. Cole News

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Cole (3-5) threw 5.2 innings of one-run ball to earn the win Monday against the Phillies, allowing six hits with two walks and five strikeouts.

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A.J. Cole Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2010 18 A VER 1 0 0 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00 2.00
2011 19 A HAG 20 18 0 89.0 87 40 6 108 24 4 7 0 0 0 4.04 1.25
2012 20 A+ STO 19 8 0 38.0 60 33 7 31 10 0 7 0 0 0 7.82 1.84
2012 20 A BUR 19 19 0 95.2 78 22 7 102 19 6 3 0 0 0 2.07 1.02
2013 21 A POT 7 18 0 97.1 96 46 12 102 23 6 3 0 0 0 4.25 1.23
2013 21 AA HAR 7 7 0 45.1 31 11 3 49 10 4 2 0 0 0 2.18 0.91
2014 22 AA HAR 14 14 1 71.0 79 23 1 61 15 6 3 0 0 0 2.92 1.32
2014 22 AAA SYR 11 11 0 63.0 69 24 9 50 17 7 0 0 0 0 3.43 1.37
2015 23 AAA SYR 21 19 0 105.2 91 37 9 76 34 5 6 0 0 0 3.15 1.19
2015 23 MAJ WAS 3 1 0 9.3 14 6 1 9 1 0 0 1 0 0 5.79 1.61
2016 24 AAA SYR 22 22 0 124.2 131 59 16 109 35 8 8 0 0 0 4.26 1.34
2016 24 MAJ WAS 8 8 0 38.3 37 22 7 39 14 1 2 0 0 0 5.17 1.33
2017 25 AAA SYR 18 18 0 93.1 127 61 7 79 36 4 5 0 0 0 5.88 1.75
2017 25 MAJ WAS 11 8 0 52.0 51 22 8 44 27 3 5 0 0 0 3.81 1.50
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3-Year Averages     7 5 0 33.2 34 16 5 30 14 1 2 0 0 0 4.33 1.44
Career  (View All)     22 17 0 99.7 102 50 16 92 42 4 7 1 4.52 1.44

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A.J. Cole Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Team Games To Display:    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30    Show 60Show 60
DATE OPP IP H R ER HR BB K HBP WP CG W-L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
Sep. 30 Pit 3.7 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 - 0 0 0 3.81 1.50
Sep. 25 @Phi 5.7 6 1 1 1 2 5 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 4.10 1.57
Sep. 16 LAD 5.0 7 3 3 1 2 5 2 0 0 L 0 0 0 4.43 1.59
Sep. 12 Atl 2.0 5 3 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 - 0 0 0 4.30 1.57
Sep. 9 Phi 2.0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 - 0 0 0 3.79 1.51
Sep. 4 @Mia 5.7 5 2 1 1 4 5 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 4.01 1.54
Aug. 25 NYM 6.0 4 1 1 0 4 8 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 4.50 1.54
Aug. 13 SF 6.0 6 3 3 0 3 6 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 5.32 1.59
Aug. 8 Mia 5.0 5 4 4 2 1 5 1 0 0 L 0 0 0 5.63 1.63
Aug. 2 @Mia 5.0 6 5 5 2 4 5 0 0 0 L 0 0 0 4.91 1.82
May. 6 @Phi 6.0 6 1 1 0 4 2 0 0 0 W 0 0 0 1.50 1.67
Last 14 Games (Team)
2 Games Pitched:  Avg. 4.7 IP/G
9.3 6 1 1 1 4 7 0 1 0 1-0 0 0 0 0.96 1.07
Last 30 Games (Team)
7 Games Pitched:  Avg. 4.3 IP/G
30.0 28 10 9 4 15 26 2 2 0 2-2 0 0 0 2.70 1.43
Last 60 Games (Team)
11 Games Pitched:  Avg. 4.7 IP/G
52.0 51 23 22 8 27 44 3 2 0 3-5 0 0 0 3.81 1.50

A.J. Cole Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2017121221733416.320
20169222920613.247
2015297110201.370

Vs. Right

Year Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR BAA
2017108221018502.196
20167617517114.250
201515204000.286

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Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201729.7040271344.251.38
201618.701020535.791.55
20154.30007014.150.92

Away

Year IP W L SV K BB HR ERA WHIP
201722.3310171443.221.66
201619.711019944.581.12
20155.00012107.202.20
A.J. Cole vs. Today's Pitcher Stats

A.J. Cole Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2010 18 A VER 1 0 1.0 9.00 9.00 1.00 0.00 100% 0.00 4.20 .355
2011 19 A HAG 20 18 89.0 10.92 2.43 4.50 0.61 67.6% 4.04 2.53 .362
2012 20 A+ STO 19 8 38.0 7.34 2.37 3.10 1.66 58.7% 7.82 4.99 .410
2012 20 A BUR 19 19 95.2 9.64 1.80 5.37 0.66 83.3% 2.07 2.74 .299
2013 21 A POT 7 18 97.1 9.45 2.13 4.43 1.11 68.2% 4.25 3.54 .328
2013 21 AA HAR 7 7 45.1 9.78 2.00 4.90 0.60 78.9% 2.18 2.56 .264
2014 22 AA HAR 14 14 71.0 7.73 1.90 4.07 0.13 76.3% 2.92 2.43 .359
2014 22 AAA SYR 11 11 63.0 7.14 2.43 2.94 1.29 80.5% 3.43 4.33 .320
2015 23 AAA SYR 21 19 105.2 6.50 2.91 2.24 0.77 75.9% 3.15 3.95 .271
2015 23 MAJ WAS 3 1 9.3 8.68 0.96 9.00 0.96 1.40 64.3% 5.79 2.99 .429
2016 24 AAA SYR 22 22 124.2 7.90 2.54 3.11 1.16 71.3% 4.26 3.99 .323
2016 24 MAJ WAS 8 8 38.3 9.16 3.29 2.79 1.64 0.64 65.9% 5.17 4.79 .303
2017 25 AAA SYR 18 18 93.1 7.64 3.48 2.19 0.68 65.4% 5.88 3.74 .395
2017 25 MAJ WAS 11 8 52.0 7.62 4.67 1.63 1.38 1.27 80% 93.1 MPH 3.81 5.24 .295
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3-Year Averages     7 5 33.2 8.13 3.79 2.14 1.35 74.4% 4.33 4.61 .313
Career     22 17 99.7 8.31 3.79 2.19 1.44 73.4% 4.52 4.75 .313

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A.J. Cole Defensive Stats

Year Pos Inn PMFinal (?) EXP Tot (?) PM (?) AirPM (?) EPM (?) InnHome (?) PMH (?) InnLHP (?) PMLHP (?) LEFT (?) MID (?) RGHT (?)
2015 P 9.3 0 1 0 0 4 0 0 0
2016 P 38.3 -2 2 -2 0 19 -1 0 0
2017 P 52 -2 4 -2 0 30 -1 0 0
Year Pos SHAL (?) MED (?) DEEP (?) CERS (?) SBRS (?) PSBRS (?) BRS (?) GDPRS (?) OFARS (?) GFPDMERS (?) PMRS (?) SZRS (?) TRS (?)
2015 P 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 P 0 0 0 0 -2 0 -2
2017 P 0 0 0 0 -2 0 -2

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2017 Stat Review for A.J. Cole    As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2016 (min 130 in)

K/BB/HR Stats

A collection of stats that measure different skills.

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1.63 K/BB
TERRIBLE
7.62 K/9
AVERAGE
4.67 BB/9
TERRIBLE
93.1 MPH Fastball
GOOD
1.4 HR/9
WEAK
1.27 GB/FB Ratio
MODERATE GROUNDBALLER
ERA/WHIP/FIP

A few general measures of a pitcher's effectiveness.

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3.81 ERA
GOOD
1.50 WHIP
TERRIBLE
5.24 FIP
TERRIBLE
BABIP/Strand

Balls in play avg. and % of runners left stranded.

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.295 BABIP
AVERAGE
80.0% Strand Rate
HIGH

2018 Projected Stats Breakdown for A.J. Cole

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A.J. Cole: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Cole (2-5) allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five over five innings in a losing effort against the Dodgers on Saturday.

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Cole is listed as the Nationals' probable starter for Saturday's game against the Dodgers, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

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Cole (2-4) allowed two runs -- just one earned -- on five hits and four walks while striking out five batters through 5.2 innings during Monday's win over Miami.

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Cole was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse and confirmed as the starting pitcher for Monday's game against the Marlins, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports.

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Cole will be called up from Triple-A Syracuse to start Monday's game in Miami, Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post reports.

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Cole was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse ahead of the Nationals' doubleheader Sunday against the Mets, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports.

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Cole (1-4) allowed one run on four hits and three walks while striking out eight across six innings to take the loss Friday against the Mets.

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Cole was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to start Friday's game against the Mets, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2018

There was no outlook written for A.J. Cole.

2017

Cole finally got a shot at a regular stint in the major league rotation, making eight starts late in the season, but his inability to keep the ball in the park left him saddled with an ugly ERA. The 24-year-old also failed to dominate in Triple-A, and at this point he looks more like a possible reliever in the long run rather than a key rotation component. The issue appears to be with his low 90s fastball, which doesn't have the velocity or movement to get past big league hitters. Cole's slider is a solid offering, and he complements it with a decent curve and changeup, but unless his control with the fastball is impeccable, he's prone to getting hit hard. The Nationals will head into 2017 potentially in need of a fifth starter, and with prospects Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez shipped out of Washington in the offseason, Cole could push for a rotation spot. If he fails to impress in spring training, Cole may fill a swing-man role or simply head back to the minors.

2016

Cole made his major league debut in 2015, bouncing back and forth between Triple-A Syracuse and the Nationals and not looking particularly impressive with either club. A tall right-hander with a solid but not dominant repertoire, Cole attacks the strike zone with a low-90s fastball, slider, and curveball, and his 76:34 K:BB ratio in 105.2 Triple-A innings is a better reflection of his upside than his 9:1 mark in 9.1 innings with the Nats. He's also shown a tendency to struggle after a promotion, so his extreme hittability during his brief time in the majors wasn't a big surprise. Washington will be looking to fill a couple of rotations spots in the offseason, but Cole isn't necessarily a lock to even get a chance at one in spring training. He was decidedly passed on the depth chart by Joe Ross last season, and the club could decide they need him in the bullpen instead.

2015

Splitting the season between Double-A and Triple-A, Cole did enough to solidify his status as the likely next Nationals' starting pitching prospect to get the call to the big leagues, posting a combined 3.16 ERA and 1.34 WHIP over 134 innings with a strong 3.5 K/BB ratio. Despite his size, the tall right-hander doesn't have the overpowering raw stuff of fellow Nats prospect Lucas Giolito, which is reflected in Cole's relatively pedestrian 7.5 K/9 rate across the two levels in 2014, but he pounds the zone well with his 92-95 mph fastball while mixing in a slider and curve. His breaking pitches are both works in progress, which could make his transition to the majors a bumpy one. If general manager Mike Rizzo elects to trade one of his soon-to-be free agent starting pitchers, Cole could be at the head of the line for an audition as the new fifth starter.

2014

Re-acquired from the A's last offseason in the Mike Morse deal, Cole put together a sharp 151:33 K:BB ratio in 142.2 innings between High-A and Double-A and vaulted back towards the top of the Nationals' prospect list. He seemed to need a bit of time to adjust to a new level, which means you shouldn't expect him to make much of an impact in the majors for a couple of seasons yet, but Cole's lanky frame, big fastball and curveball/changeup offspeed arsenal can still evoke Justin Verlander comparisons if you catch him on the right day and squint really hard.

2013

Cole pitched very well at Low-A Burlington, but then was absolutely crushed upon promotion to Stockton in the hitter-friendly California League. He started eight games for Stockton with a nearly 8.00 ERA. He was the top pitching prospect acquired in the Gio Gonzalez trade, but the A's turned around and traded him back to Washington in the offseason in the John Jaso-Mike Morse three-way deal. He's still young (he turned 21 in January) and the trade shows the Nationals are still high on his future. His fastball sits in the mid-90s and Washington will likely start him off in Low-A again and bring him through the system slowly.

2012

Cole, a 2010 fourth-round draft pick of the Nationals, pitched better than his line indicated in Low-A Hagerstown. His peripherals were outstanding, 10.92 K/9IP and 2.43 BB/9IP, and his ERA was affected by a low strand rate (63.1 percent) and high BABIP (.342). He features a plus-fastball that sits in the 91-93 mph range, an above average curveball and a change-up. Just 20 years old, Cole was included in the package sent to Oakland for Gio Gonzalez in December. He'll open the season in the hitter-friendly California League, and is likely two full minor league campaigns away from the big league radar.

2011

Cole fell to the fourth round in the draft due to his bonus demands to get him out of a commitment to the University of Miami, but the Nationals took a chance and were able to get his name on a contract. The lanky righty may get a "projectable" label from scouts, but he's already capable of topping 94 mph with his fastball, has a nasty power curve when he doesn't overthrow it and has even shown a feel for a changeup, which is an excellent starting point for an 19-year-old. He's a long way from the majors, but if he fills out and refines his arsenal Cole will some day be a force at the top of the Washington rotation.