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Portrait of A.J. Cole

A.J. Cole PNationals

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 22)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
120.7 4.46 1.36 101 9 6 0 0.2
Birth Date1-5-1992
Height6' 5"
Weight200 lbs
Age22 years, 9 months, 16 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
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2011
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WARP Summary

Standard

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

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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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 3.14 132 .245 .262 .323 .392 .261 .342 104 19.8 2.1 21.6 2.2
2014 SYR AAA 11 11 63.0 5.36 84 .273 .268 .329 .403 .255 .316 98 -1.1 -0.1 -1.1 -0.2

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 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 21.6 2.2
2014 SYR AAA 7 0 0 11 11 63.0 69 17 50 9 40% .316 9.9 2.4 1.3 7.1 1.37 3.43 -1.1 -0.2

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.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 2.1 1.8 0 6 6 49.4 42 13 41 5 .283 1.12 3.36 3.65 5.3 0.5
80o 2.1 2 0 6 6 44.0 40 13 36 5 .297 1.20 3.74 4.06 3.6 0.4
70o 2 2.1 0 6 6 40.3 39 12 33 5 .307 1.26 4.02 4.37 2.3 0.2
60o 2 2.1 0 6 6 37.1 37 12 31 5 .315 1.31 4.27 4.64 1.2 0.1
50o 1.9 2.2 0 6 6 34.2 35 11 28 4 .323 1.36 4.50 4.89 0.3 0.0
40o 1.9 2.3 0 6 6 31.4 34 10 26 4 .331 1.41 4.73 5.14 -0.7 -0.1
30o 1.8 2.4 0 6 6 28.4 32 10 23 4 .340 1.46 4.98 5.42 -1.7 -0.2
20o 1.7 2.5 0 6 6 25.0 29 9 21 4 .350 1.52 5.29 5.75 -2.8 -0.3
10o 1.7 2.6 0 6 6 20.4 25 8 17 3 .364 1.62 5.71 6.21 -4.3 -0.4
Weighted Mean1.92.206633.83511284.3211.354.474.860.40.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 0% 0% 0% 0%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
201523121003232210186541952139.3021.143.273.558.02.38.30.93.4
20162411903131201176521772339.2911.133.293.577.92.37.91.03.2
20172510902929176163441521839.3061.183.493.798.42.37.80.92.4
20182610902828167159401481939.3141.193.643.958.62.28.01.01.9
2019279802525146135361271639.3061.173.473.778.32.27.81.02.0
20202810802727164151361441939.3041.143.433.738.32.07.91.02.3
2021299802626153141341341739.3051.143.403.698.32.07.91.02.3
2022309802525149139321291639.3071.153.433.738.41.97.81.02.2
2023319702424142133301241639.3081.153.413.718.41.97.91.02.1

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
2.37.82.67.78.34.236.4

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 84)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 93 Jeremy Hellickson 2009 0.00 DNP
2 92 Yordano Ventura 2013 3.52
3 91 Daniel Renken 2012 0.00 DNP
4 90 John Danks 2007 5.96
5 89 Eric Surkamp 2010 0.00 DNP
6 89 Hector Rondon 2010 0.00 DNP
7 88 Eric Hurley 2008 5.47
8 88 J.J. Hoover 2010 0.00 DNP
9 88 Sean Gilmartin 2012 0.00 DNP
10 88 Matt Lollis 2013 0.00 DNP
11 88 Miguel Pena 2013 0.00 DNP
12 88 Yusmeiro Petit 2007 4.74
13 87 Jake Odorizzi 2012 4.91
14 87 Joseph Cruz 2011 0.00 DNP
15 87 Sean Nolin 2012 0.00 DNP
16 86 Randall Delgado 2012 4.66
17 86 Jairo Heredia 2012 0.00 DNP
18 86 Dylan Owen 2009 0.00 DNP
19 86 Roman Mendez 2013 0.00 DNP
20 86 Chris Withrow 2011 0.00 DNP
21 86 J.C. Sulbaran 2012 0.00 DNP
22 86 Steve Johnson 2010 0.00 DNP
23 86 Kyle Lobstein 2012 0.00 DNP
24 85 Tanner Peters 2013 0.00 DNP
25 85 Austin Wright 2012 0.00 DNP
26 85 Aaron Miller 2010 0.00 DNP
27 85 Jay Jackson 2010 0.00 DNP
28 85 Kyle Drabek 2010 4.76
29 85 Tommy Hanson 2009 2.96
30 85 Chris Devenski 2013 0.00 DNP
31 85 Gio Gonzalez 2008 9.00
32 84 Jeffry Antigua 2012 0.00 DNP
33 84 Dan Straily 2011 0.00 DNP
34 84 Jeremy McBryde 2009 0.00 DNP
35 84 Yao-Lin Wang 2013 0.00 DNP
36 84 Robbie Erlin 2013 4.28
37 84 Sean Watson 2008 0.00 DNP
38 84 Kasey Kiker 2010 0.00 DNP
39 84 Edgar Osuna 2010 0.00 DNP
40 84 Luis Cruz 2013 0.00 DNP
41 84 Manuel Rivera 2012 0.00 DNP
42 84 Wes Roemer 2009 0.00 DNP
43 84 Jeff Ferrell 2013 0.00 DNP
44 83 Josh Lindblom 2009 0.00 DNP
45 83 Johnny Cueto 2008 5.22
46 83 Will Inman 2009 0.00 DNP
47 83 Ryan Crowley 2013 0.00 DNP
48 83 Felix Doubront 2010 5.76
49 83 Ben Snyder 2008 0.00 DNP
50 83 Matt Thompson 2012 0.00 DNP
51 83 Christian Friedrich 2010 0.00 DNP
52 83 Juan Oramas 2012 0.00 DNP
53 83 Jose A. Ramirez 2012 0.00 DNP
54 83 Justin Wilson 2010 0.00 DNP
55 83 Josue Carreno 2013 0.00 DNP
56 83 Scott Barnes 2010 0.00 DNP
57 82 Matt Magill 2012 0.00 DNP
58 82 Kelvin De La Cruz 2011 0.00 DNP
59 82 Kyle Lotzkar 2012 0.00 DNP
60 82 David Bromberg 2010 0.00 DNP
61 82 Paul Demny 2012 0.00 DNP
62 82 Brandon Erbe 2010 0.00 DNP
63 82 Brooks Pounders 2013 0.00 DNP
64 82 Cody Hebner 2013 0.00 DNP
65 82 James Simmons 2009 0.00 DNP
66 82 Ramon Garcia 2007 0.00 DNP
67 82 Trevor Rosenthal 2012 2.78
68 82 Jeanmar Gomez 2010 5.62
69 82 Patrick Corbin 2012 4.71
70 82 Alex Colome 2011 0.00 DNP
71 81 James Adkins 2008 0.00 DNP
72 81 Shelby Miller 2013 3.38
73 81 Neil Ramirez 2011 0.00 DNP
74 81 Nik Turley 2012 0.00 DNP
75 81 Craig Italiano 2009 0.00 DNP
76 81 Austin Kirk 2012 0.00 DNP
77 81 Timothy Melville 2012 0.00 DNP
78 81 Robert Morey 2011 0.00 DNP
79 81 Nick Martinez 2013 0.00 DNP
80 81 Dellin Betances 2010 0.00 DNP
81 81 Steve Garrison 2009 0.00 DNP
82 81 Anthony Swarzak 2008 0.00 DNP
83 81 Tyler Robertson 2010 0.00 DNP
84 81 Vance Worley 2010 1.38
85 81 Will Smith 2012 5.42
86 81 Chuck Lofgren 2008 0.00 DNP
87 81 Tyler Herron 2009 0.00 DNP
88 81 Danny Duffy 2011 5.64
89 81 Chad James 2013 0.00 DNP
90 81 Keith Couch 2012 0.00 DNP
91 81 Frank Batista 2011 0.00 DNP
92 80 Kyle Kaminska 2011 0.00 DNP
93 80 Bruce Pugh 2011 0.00 DNP
94 80 Robert Bundy 2012 0.00 DNP
95 80 Omar Poveda 2010 0.00 DNP
96 80 Leandro Cespedes 2009 0.00 DNP
97 80 Ryan Webb 2008 0.00 DNP
98 80 Charlie Furbush 2008 0.00 DNP
99 80 Casey Crosby 2011 0.00 DNP
100 80 Angel Baez 2013 0.00 DNP

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BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Cole was widely regarded as the biggest prize in the prospect haul for Gio Gonzalez, though his youth meant high upside came paired with high risk. Trade-mates Tommy Milone and Brad Peacock battled for rotation spots in spring training while Cole punched a ticket to High-A Stockton, but two months later the young right-hander had compiled one of the highest ERAs in the California League, a beating that sent him slipping back a rung on the minor-league ladder. He rebounded gracefully with a strong showing against softer competition, but he will need to develop his secondary stuff in order to succeed against fastball-feasting hitters at the upper levels of the minors.
2012 The golden prize in the Gio Gonzalez trade, AJ Cole now joins Sonny Gray as the top pitching prospect in the As system. With prototypical size and a projectable arsenal, Cole emerged as a legit blue-chipper in 2011, missing 108 Sally League bats in only 89 innings. Not bad for a 19-year-old pitching a full season for the first time. With a lively plus fastball and a plus potential curve that shows both depth and sharp vertical movement, Cole has the stuff that makes scouts excited about his ceiling. The command needs refinement as does the changeup, but the future is incredibly bright for the young right-hander.
2011 A.J. Cole was a top prep prospect with lofty bonus expectations, but got his money from the Nats as a 2010 fourth-rounder; gifted with good heat, he needs to polish a power curve and a changeup to stick as a starter.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-08-29 12:00:00 (link to chat)RJ, With Giolito, he needs to build up his innings but he did not really seem challenged against low A hitters this year. Do you think the Nats get more aggressive with him in 2015 or are they more of a conservative level per year organization?
(Cal Guy from Cal)
They've shown a willingness to promote guys multiple levels before. For instance: A.J. Cole split the year between Double- and Triple-A. I don't see any reason to think they wouldn't do the same with Giolito moving forward. (R.J. Anderson)
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).