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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 22)
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Birth Date1-5-1992
Height6' 5"
Weight200 lbs
Age22 years, 6 months, 17 days
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WARP Summary

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YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP

Advanced

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2010 VER A- 1 0 1.0 5.66 78 .264 .263 .339 .393 .280 .500 106 -0.1 -0.0 -0.1 -0.0
2011 HAG A 20 18 89.0 2.82 146 .243 .260 .331 .390 .260 .342 110 33.2 3.4 33.2 3.4
2012 BUR A 19 19 95.7 3.87 121 .213 .255 .321 .382 .261 .291 103 19.8 2.0 19.8 2.0
2012 STO A+ 8 8 38.0 5.48 77 .350 .270 .340 .419 .280 .405 89 2.1 0.2 2.1 0.2
2013 POT A+ 18 18 97.3 4.44 114 .250 .251 .327 .384 .254 .317 109 17.6 1.8 17.6 1.8
2013 HAR AA 7 7 45.3 2.84 132 .203 .255 .332 .389 .271 .248 95 11.2 1.2 10.7 1.1
2014 HAR AA 14 14 71.0 3.12 135 .241 .266 .327 .394 .260 .342 108 21.8 2.3 23.6 2.4
2014 SYR AAA 4 4 23.7 4.79 95 .306 .271 .330 .401 .260 .359 97 0.8 0.1 0.4 -0.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2010 VER A- 0 0 0 1 0 1.0 1 1 1 0 50% .500 9.0 9.0 0.0 9.0 2.00 0.00 -0.1 -0.0
2011 HAG A 4 7 0 20 18 89.0 87 24 108 6 39% .342 8.8 2.4 0.6 10.9 1.25 4.04 33.2 3.4
2012 BUR A 6 3 0 19 19 95.7 78 19 102 7 47% .291 7.3 1.8 0.7 9.6 1.01 2.07 19.8 2.0
2012 STO A+ 0 7 0 8 8 38.0 60 10 31 7 37% .405 14.2 2.4 1.7 7.3 1.84 7.82 2.1 0.2
2013 POT A+ 6 3 0 18 18 97.3 96 23 102 12 38% .317 8.9 2.1 1.1 9.4 1.22 4.25 17.6 1.8
2013 HAR AA 4 2 0 7 7 45.3 31 10 49 3 39% .248 6.2 2.0 0.6 9.7 0.90 2.18 10.7 1.1
2014 SYR AAA 2 0 0 4 4 23.7 31 3 18 3 48% .359 11.8 1.1 1.1 6.8 1.44 3.42 0.4 -0.0
2014 HAR AA 6 3 0 14 14 71.0 79 15 61 1 40% .342 10.0 1.9 0.1 7.7 1.32 2.92 23.6 2.4

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation

Compensation

Year Team Salary

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 0 d2013

Details
  • Acquired by Washington in trade from Oakland 1/16/13 (Michael Morse deal).
  • Acquired by Oakland in trade from Washington 12/22/11 (Gio Gonzalez deal).
  • Drafted by Washington 2010 (4-116) (Oviedo HS, Fla.). $2M signing bonus.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-07-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Speaking of A.J. Cole, how convinced are you that he ends up a starter in the short term? I mean he has a dynamite fastball and plus control/command, but the lack of quality secondary stuff seems concerning. Any chance he ends up in the pen given the glut of SP in Washington and is told to throw hard and pound the zone out of the pen?
(Matt from Cambridge)
I still think Cole is a starter long term, but the Nationals will likely have an opportunity to try and alternative developmental track with him if they so choose. He could succeed in an MLB bullpen right now, but given his long-term potential, I would be inclined to wait on such a move. One significant injury in that rotation and he suddenly looks like an intriguing back-end starter with considerable upside beyond that as he completes his development. (Mark Anderson)
2014-04-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat Jeff and the excellent work on MLU.. Bunch of questions for you - Addison Russell or Francisco Lindor? High Ceiling or High Floor? Eduardo Rodriguez or A.J. Cole? Favorite Sleeper prospect in the Nationals system? City Oyster or 32 East? Best Sports Bar in Delray?
(NatsGM from Bethesda MD)
We had this discussion as a staff the other day and included Baez and Correa in the mix. I went with Lindor. Here's the link:

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=23246

There's no right or wrong, so much as just a preference. Same with Rodriguez vs. Cole. Do you like ceiling or floor? Cole could be the better pitcher, but he could also be a reliever still. Sometimes it's just a preference.

You want food in Delray? Go to Park Tavern. You simply can't beat it, and order an Old Fashioned. My favorite sports bar is a little dive called The Hurricane because it's an Eagles bar and they put the game on every Sunday and it's filled with other idiots in Randal Cunningham throwbacks to make me feel better about myself. (Jeff Moore)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Can you give me 5 SP prospects you are higher on than industry? I really like Sean Manaea.
(JoJo from SD)
Manaea is a good one to like. I think I'm higher, or at least more ready to gamble on, Fried, Zack Lee, A.J. Cole, Zach Eflin and Allen Webster than are some of my peers. I was very high on Giolito last season compared to most, but the industry seems to have caught up with me there. I'm lower on Biddle, Ranaudo, Taillon (slightly), and Lance McCullers than are some in the industry, it seems. (Ben Carsley)
2013-09-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Professor Parks, what are your thoughts on Lucas Sims, A.J. Cole & Miguel Almonte heading into the fall? Do you think all 3 have the chance to be role 6 type starters?
(kiper90 from Rochester, NY)
I do. The reports on Sims have been fantastic. Very good athlete with stuff and feel. THat's what you want to see. Cole doesn't get a lot of credit as a prospect. The combination of size, stuff, and projection still remaining is pretty fascinating. He's only 21-years-old and is still improving. Almonte is a fox. Love him. (Jason Parks)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)No hype for Mookie Betts? That walk to strikeout ratio is insane. A.J. Cole seems to be turning it back around. Any shot both players get in the top 100 by the end of the year?
(Giles from PA)
100% honesty: I know nothing of Betts. Very awesome K/BB ratio for a hitter (29 K, 46 BB). Cole, meanwhile, is one of my favorite prospects. I was thrilled when Washington reacquired him. I think he's still a ways out, but he looks sharp. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-25 11:00:00 (link to chat)How bout #coleluv for A.J. Cole? How close was he? Think he'll rebound?
(Charlie from Bethesda, MD)
I don't know. I think he could be on the list. He's a legit prospect. I just wasn't feeling it at the time. (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2012-12-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)What are scouts saying about A.J. Cole? He bounced back in a big way after being sent to low-A. Were his struggles mechanical/mental/both? Thanks for the chat today.
(Steve from Austin)
When it comes to young pitchers (young players in general), I always assume there is more to their story than just mechanical issues. So many things on their plate. The reports on Cole were promising in Low-A. (Jason Parks)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Although he has not thrown an MLB pitch in 2014, A.J. Cole threw 10 pitches that were tracked by the PITCHf/x system in 2013, including pitches thrown in . In 2013, he relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (96mph) and Change (83mph), also mixing in a Sinker (96mph).