The Book on AJ Cole
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
AJ Cole / RHP, WAS
Oviedo, FL, USA
School: Oviedo HS (FL)
39 | 3/18/2013
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (12/12/2013): #40
MLB.com/MiLB.com Season Preview: #91
Scout.com/FOX Sports: #100
Minor League Ball (Sickels): #89
Baseball America 2013: Unranked or n/a
Baseball Prospectus: Unranked or n/a
Total professional at-bats: .
Total professional innings pitched: .
A Washington draftee who made a detour to Oakland in 2012, re-Nationalized pitcher AJ Cole is a six-foot-five, lanky righthander who can touch 95mph with his fastball. Cole also mixes in a power curve and passable changeup that could develop into plus pitches with good coaching and support. He's already drawing comparisons to Justin Verlander, who was a similar pitcher at the same age, complete with the erratic control that's still holding Cole back from a breakout. Give him time and watch his peripherals. Trading a couple of MPH for greater control could accelerate his timeline.
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News and Notes
1/16/2013 by KDaddy
AJ Cole is headed back to the Washington Nationals as part of the three-team trade for Michael Morse, according to ESPN. Cole still has the makings of a quality power pitcher, though he will need to keep his stuff inside the black a little more often to be effective at higher levels.