Andrew Jordan Cole (A.J.)...Is a 2010 graduate of Oviedo (FL) High (20 miles outside of Orlando)...Signed a National Letter of Intent to pitch collegiately at the University of Miami, but signed with the Nationals just prior to the signing deadline.
Posted a career-best 3.81 ERA across four Major League stints with the Washington Nationals...Began the season with Triple-A Syracuse before being recalled on May 2...Made first MLB start of 2017 on May 6 at PHI (6.0 IP, 6 H, ER, 2 SO)...Capped 2017 strong, posting a 2.42 ERA (6 ER/22.1 IP) in his last four MLB starts...Tossed 3.2 IP of no-hit, shutout relief on Sept. 30 vs. PIT... Matched a career-high with eight strikeouts in his strongest start of the season, Aug. 25 vs. NYM (6.0 IP, 4 H, ER, 4 BB, 8 SO)...Improved his ground ball percentage to 43.3% (up from 31.9% in 2016)...Made four Minor League starts before his May 2 recall, striking out 14 and limiting opponents to two earned runs in two of his four starts...In four Triple-A starts from May 20 to June 8, went 2-1 with a 2.81 ERA (8 ER/25.2 IP)....Allowed two earned runs in four of his final six Minor League starts.
Made a career-high 30 total starts (22 with Triple-A Syracuse, 8 with Washington)...Was promoted to Washington on Aug. 22... At the time of his promotion, led the Syracuse pitching staff in wins (8) and complete games (2)...In five Minor-league starts from July 16-Aug. 11, he posted a 2.80 ERA (11 ER/35.1 IP), 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings and a 5.50 strikeout-to-walk ratio (33 SO/6 BB)...Tossed at least 7.0 innings in five straight starts between Syracuse and Washington from July 22 to Aug. 22...Earned his first MLB win, Sept. 2 at NYM (6.0 IP, 3 H, ER, 2 BB, 5 SO)...Recorded a career-high eight strikeouts on two occassionas, Aug. 22 vs. Baltimore and Sept. 8 vs. Philadelphia...Struck out 9.2 batters per nine innings in his first extended Major League action (39 SO/38.1 IP)... Following the season, was rated by Baseball America as the No. 20 prospect in the International League.
Opened the season with Triple-A Syracuse before being recalled to Washington on April 28 to make his MLB debut...Made the start that night against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field as the Nationals rallied to win, 13-12...Was optioned back to Triple-A following the game...Rejoined the Nationals in mid May and made two relief appearances...Converted his first save, May 15 at SDP (3.0 IP, H, SO)...Struck out nine batters and issued just one walk in 9.1 Major League innings...Went 5-6 with a 3.15 ERA in 21 games (19 starts) for Triple-A Syracuse... Improved WHIP (1.18) and hits per nine innings (7.8) as compared to career marks...From June 24 through the end of the Triple-A season, posted a 1.89 ERA (14 ER/66.2 IP) and a .193 average against in 12 games (11 starts).
Took next step in development...Went 13-3 with a 3.16 ERA in 25 combined starts between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse...Made his first Triple-A start on June 28...Ranked among Nationals farmhands in wins (T1st), strikeouts (T3rd, 111) and ERA (4th)...13 wins marked a career high...Earned Double-A Pitcher of the Week honors after striking out eight in a 7.0 inning shutout over New Britain (MIN) on May 17...Was a nonroster invitee to 2014 Spring Training...Did not allow a run in three Grapefruit League contests (6.2 IP, 5 H, 7 K).
In successful return to Washington organization, posted career highs with 10 wins (tied for 4th among Nationals farmhands) and 151 strikeouts (3rd) in 142.2 innings spanning 25 combined starts with Harrisburg of the Double-A Eastern League (7 starts) and Potomac of the Single-A Carolina League (18 starts)...was twice named CL Pitcher of the Week (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 start, period ending May 6; 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 1 start, period ending June 17)...posted trio of double-digit strikeouts totals (one with Harrisburg, 2 with Potomac), including career-best 11-K effort in the Carolina League on June 8 vs. Frederick.
Pitching for Stockton of the Single-A California League and Burlington of the Single-A Midwest League, finished 6-10 with a 3.70 ERA in 27 starts in lone season in the Athletics' chain...posted a 5.4/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 19 starts with Burlington...walked one or less in 15 of 19 Midwest League starting assignments...recorded a 1.69 ERA in final 18 starts of the season with Burlington.
In first full professional campaign, went 4-7 with a 4.04 ERA in 20 games/18 starts with Hagerstown (began '11 season in Nationals' Extended Spring Training program)...ranked among Single-A South Atlantic League leaders in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (5th, 10.9, min. 75.0 innings pitched) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (8th, 4.5/1)...allowed 2 runs and fanned 8 in 5.0 strong inning to earn first professional win in Hagerstown's 6-5 victory on June 5 vs. Greensboro.
Signed just prior to the Aug. 16 signing deadline and pitched in just one game for Vermont of the Short-season Single-A New York-Penn League...on Sept. 2 at Brooklyn, scattered a hit and a walk while working 1.0 scoreless inning of relief...participated in the Nationals' Instructional League.