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A.J. Cole
Birthdate: 1/5/1992 (25 y, 2 m, 25 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-4/180     Position: P
Drafted: 2010 June Amateur Draft - Round: 4, Pick: 1, Overall: 116, Team: Washington Nationals
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Reported: 1/16/2015  Risk: 3  ETA: 2016  Team Rank: NA  Positional Rank: NA  Overall Rank: NA
FastballSliderCurveballChangeupCommandFuture Value
55 / 6050 / 50+45 / 5050 / 5545 / 5045
Profiles:  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Earning a spot in the Nationals rotation will not be an easy task for Cole in 2017 - even with the trade of other high-profile arms such as Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito. The young right-hander has already spent two and a half years at Triple-A so a return to the minors may do more harm than good as he’s in danger of stagnating. He has a four-pitch mix with an average fastball and solid control, which could allow him to develop into a reliable fourth starter but it might make more sense for both the club and Cole to allow him to break camp as a long reliever in the majors. An injury to any of the club’s starters could also provide the rookie hurler with a spot in the rotation so you have to expect Cole to make some meaningful starts for the Nationals at some point in 2017 - although Austin Voth and Erick Fedde are other pitchers that could challenge Cole for opportunities. If he does open the year in the minors, he’ll need to work on his changeup to help him neutralize left-handed batters (.304 vs LHB vs .236 vs RHB in ’16). (Marc Hulet)

The Quick Opinion: Cole doesn’t have the stuff to be an impact pitcher at the big league level but he could be a solid innings-eater type after pitching 110 or more innings each of the past five seasons. The lack of starting pitching depth in the Nationals system — especially after this past winter’s trades — should provide Cole with opportunities to pitch meaningful innings for the club in 2017. At what point in the season that will occur, though, remains to be seen.

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SeasonTeamWLSVGGSIPK/9BB/9HR/9BABIPLOB%GB%HR/FBERAFIPxFIPWAR
2010Nationals (A-)000101.09.009.000.00.500100.0 %  0.004.48  
2011Nationals (A)470201889.010.922.430.61.34263.1 %  4.042.85  
2012Athletics (A)630191995.29.601.790.66.29175.7 %  2.072.90  
2012Athletics (A+)0708838.07.342.371.66.40552.2 %  7.825.60  
2013Nationals (A+)630181897.19.432.131.11.31768.7 %  4.253.69  
2013Nationals (AA)4207745.19.731.990.60.24876.1 %  2.182.69  
2014Nationals (AA)630141471.07.731.900.13.34270.1 %  2.922.58  
2014Nationals (AAA)700111163.07.142.431.29.31676.6 %  3.434.48  
2015Nationals (AAA)5602119105.26.472.900.77.25676.5 %  3.153.90  
2015Nationals001319.18.680.960.96.39429.4 %36.4 %8.3 %5.792.923.420.1
2016Nationals (AAA)8802222124.27.872.531.16.31071.2 %  4.263.96  
2016Nationals1208838.19.163.291.64.28367.1 %31.9 %11.3 %5.174.745.060.3
2017Depth Charts330101055.07.502.841.47.30571.4 %  4.624.67 0.5
2017Steamer330101054.07.462.911.34.29670.7 %38.7 % 4.604.494.660.6
2017ZiPS7812625136.07.542.781.59.30172.1 %  4.634.85 0.9
Total- - -12111947.29.062.831.51.30958.1 %32.9 %10.8 %5.294.384.740.5

SeasonTeamWLERAGGSCGShOSVHLDBSIPTBFHRERHRBBIBBHBPWPBKSO
2010Nationals (A-)000.0010000  1.041000100001
2011Nationals (A)474.042018000  89.03778747406240270108
2012Athletics (A)632.071919000  95.23767832227190431102
2012Athletics (A+)077.8288000  38.0182604033710032131
2013Nationals (A+)634.251818000  97.140696504612230461102
2013Nationals (AA)422.1877000  45.1175311311310101049
2014Nationals (AA)632.921414110  71.0308793023115133061
2014Nationals (AAA)703.431111000  63.0267693024917012050
2015Nationals (AAA)563.152119000  105.2443914037934142076
2015Nationals005.7931001009.144141161110109
2016Nationals (AAA)884.262222200  124.2532131645916351190109
2016Nationals125.17880000038.1168372422714121039
2017Depth Charts334.621010  00 55.0 573028917 2  46
2017Steamer334.6010100000 54.0233562927817 2  44
2017ZiPS784.632625  1  136.0 140757024422780114
Total- - -125.291190010047.2212513528815222048

SeasonTeamK/9BB/9K/BBHR/9K%BB%K-BB%AVGWHIPBABIPLOB%ERA-FIP-FIP
2010Nationals (A-)9.009.001.000.0025.0 %25.0 %0.0 %.3332.00.500100.0 %  4.48
2011Nationals (A)10.922.434.500.6128.7 %6.4 %22.3 %.2481.25.34263.1 %  2.85
2012Athletics (A)9.601.795.370.6627.1 %5.1 %22.1 %.2211.01.29175.7 %  2.90
2012Athletics (A+)7.342.373.101.6617.0 %5.5 %11.5 %.3551.84.40552.2 %  5.60
2013Nationals (A+)9.432.134.431.1125.1 %5.7 %19.4 %.2531.22.31768.7 %  3.69
2013Nationals (AA)9.731.994.900.6028.0 %5.7 %22.3 %.1880.90.24876.1 %  2.69
2014Nationals (AA)7.731.904.070.1319.8 %4.9 %14.9 %.2721.32.34270.1 %  2.58
2014Nationals (AAA)7.142.432.941.2918.7 %6.4 %12.4 %.2771.37.31676.6 %  4.48
2015Nationals (AAA)6.472.902.240.7717.2 %7.7 %9.5 %.2251.18.25676.5 %  3.90
2015Nationals8.680.969.000.9620.5 %2.3 %18.2 %.3261.61.39429.4 %147762.92
2015Average7.762.922.661.0220.4 %7.7 %12.7 %.2511.29.29672.9 %  4.03
2016Nationals (AAA)7.872.533.111.1620.5 %6.6 %13.9 %.2641.33.31071.2 %  3.96
2016Nationals9.163.292.791.6423.2 %8.3 %14.9 %.2431.33.28367.1 %1231164.74
2016Average8.103.142.581.1721.1 %8.2 %12.9 %.2521.32.29872.9 %  4.24
2017Depth Charts7.502.842.641.47   .2681.35.30571.4 %  4.67
2017Steamer7.462.912.561.3419.1 %7.5 %11.6 %.2611.36.29670.7 %  4.49
2017ZiPS7.542.782.711.59   .2671.34.30172.1 %  4.85
Total- - -9.062.833.201.5122.6 %7.1 %15.6 %.2621.38.30958.1 %1281084.38

SeasonTeamGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%SIERAxFIP-xFIP
2015Nationals1.0027.3 %36.4 %36.4 %25.0 %8.3 %25.0 %0.0 %32.4 %41.2 %26.5 %23.5 %44.1 %32.4 %3.27883.42
2016Nationals0.5813.3 %31.9 %54.9 %14.5 %11.3 %2.8 %0.0 %43.4 %33.6 %23.0 %18.6 %55.8 %25.7 %4.331225.06
Total- - -0.6516.4 %32.9 %50.7 %16.2 %10.8 %8.3 %0.0 %40.8 %35.4 %23.8 %19.7 %53.1 %27.2 %4.091164.74

SeasonTeamGBFBLDIFFBIFHBUBUHRSBallsStrikesPitches
2015Nationals12129331036196157
2016Nationals366215910016242432674
Total- - -4874241241019303528831

SeasonTeamWPA-WPA+WPARE24REWpLIinLIgmLIexLIPullsWPA/LIClutchSDMD
2015Nationals-0.50-0.600.10-6.56-0.710.460.460.390.032-0.45-0.6400
2016Nationals-0.68-3.392.71-4.95-0.501.001.000.880.868-0.16-0.5200
Total- - --1.18-3.992.81-11.51-1.210.890.890.740.6910-0.60-0.7200

SeasonTeamFB%SL%CT%CB%CH%SF%KN%XX%
2015Nationals67.8% (90.5)7.9% (80.5) 5.3% (74.0)19.1% (81.8)  3.2%
2016Nationals57.3% (91.0)26.7% (82.1) 9.0% (74.7)7.0% (84.0)  0.6%
Total- - -59.2% (90.9)23.2% (82.0) 8.3% (74.6)9.2% (83.1)  1.1%

SeasonTeamFA%FT%FC%FS%FO%SI%SL%CU%KC%EP%CH%SC%KN%UN%
2015Nationals59.9 %3.3 %3.3 %   7.9 %5.3 %  20.4 %   
2016Nationals32.3 %25.7 %    26.5 %9.1 %  6.4 %   
Total- - -37.4 %21.6 %0.6 %   23.0 %8.4 %  9.0 %   

SeasonTeamvFAvFTvFCvFSvFOvSIvSLvCUvKCvEPvCHvSCvKN
2015Nationals90.689.790.2   80.574.0  82.1  
2016Nationals90.990.7    82.174.7  83.8  
Total- - -90.890.790.2   82.074.6  83.1  

SeasonTeamwFBwSLwCTwCBwCHwSFwKNwFB/CwSL/CwCT/CwCB/CwCH/CwSF/CwKN/C
2015Nationals-1.20.3 0.5-1.2  -1.122.69 6.46-4.15  
2016Nationals-2.10.5 0.3-1.5  -0.560.29 0.47-3.21  
Total- - --3.30.8 0.8-2.7  -0.680.44 1.17-3.57  

SeasonTeamwFAwFTwFCwFSwFOwSIwSLwCUwKCwEPwCHwSCwKN
2015Nationals-0.3-0.2-0.7   0.30.5  -1.1  
2016Nationals0.7-2.3    0.60.3  -1.8  
Total- - -0.4-2.5-0.7   0.90.8  -2.9  

SeasonTeamwFA/CwFT/CwFC/CwFS/CwFO/CwSI/CwSL/CwCU/CwKC/CwEP/CwCH/CwSC/CwKN/C
2015Nationals-0.30-3.88-13.76   2.676.30  -3.62  
2016Nationals0.30-1.35    0.350.54  -4.15  
Total- - -0.12-1.42-13.76   0.501.21  -3.93  

SeasonTeamO-Swing%Z-Swing%Swing%O-Contact%Z-Contact%Contact%Zone%F-Strike%SwStr%
2015Nationals31.8 %73.4 %49.3 %71.4 %89.4 %82.7 %42.1 %43.2 %8.3 %
2015Average30.6 %66.9 %46.9 %64.9 %86.7 %78.8 %44.7 %60.9 %9.9 %
2016Nationals32.5 %67.8 %46.4 %65.2 %88.3 %78.5 %39.4 %58.3 %9.9 %
2016Average30.3 %66.7 %46.5 %63.9 %86.3 %78.2 %44.6 %60.3 %10.1 %
Total- - -32.4 %68.9 %47.0 %66.3 %88.5 %79.3 %39.9 %55.2 %9.6 %

SeasonTeamO-Swing%Z-Swing%Swing%O-Contact%Z-Contact%Contact%Zone%Pace
2015Nationals29.1 %71.2 %49.3 %78.3 %84.6 %82.7 %48.0 %18.3
2015Average30.9 %64.4 %46.9 %62.9 %87.1 %78.8 %47.8 %22.1
2016Nationals31.9 %63.6 %46.5 %63.5 %87.2 %78.5 %46.0 %21.8
2016Average30.6 %63.9 %46.5 %62.1 %86.5 %78.1 %47.8 %22.7
Total- - -31.4 %65.1 %47.0 %65.9 %86.7 %79.3 %46.4 %21.2

SeasonTeamPosGGSInnPOAEFETEDPDPSDPTDPFScpSBCSPBWPFPTZ
2015NationalsP319.1031100000 0   .750 
2016NationalsP8838.1000000000 2   .000 
Total- - -P11947.2031100000 2   .750 

SeasonTeamPosInnrSBrGDPrARMrGFPrPMDRSBIZPlaysRZROOZCPPRPPTZLFSRARMDPRRngRErrRUZRUZR/150
2015NationalsP9.10  000              
2016NationalsP38.10  0-2-2              
Total- - -P47.20  0-2-2              

SeasonTeamPosInnImpossible (0%)Remote (1-10%)Unlikely (10-40%)Even (40-60%)Likely (60-90%)Routine (90-100%)
2015NationalsP9.10.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%     (0)0.0%      (0)100.0%      (2)
2016NationalsP38.10.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%     (0)0.0%      (1)0.0%      (0)
Total- - -P47.20.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%      (0)0.0%     (0)0.0%      (1)100.0%      (2)

SeasonTeamRA9-WARBIP-WinsLOB-WinsFDP-WinsRARWARDollarsSalary
2015Nationals-0.4-0.2-0.4-0.51.20.1$1.1 
2016Nationals0.00.1-0.5-0.33.30.3$2.7 
Total- - --0.40.0-0.9-0.94.50.5$3.7 

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  • 2010 June Amateur Draft - Round: 4, Pick: 1, Overall: 116
    • Team: Washington Nationals
    • School: Oviedo HS