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Nats’ Williams impressed with Cole

The Nationals had their first session of live batting practice Sunday and Williams was impressed with what he saw from right-hander A.J. Cole.

“He had a great live session today,” Williams said. “For me, he is growing into body. He is a young player. He is tall. He has great leverage and is getting stronger certainly by the year. This year he came into Spring Training looking great. Of course, we know about his fastball and curveball. Depending on the day, he can touch mid-to-high 90s with his fastball. He is a very promising prospects for us and still very young.  … I know he wants to pitch and loves taking the ball that for sure.”

Cole, the Nationals’ No. 2 overall prospect according to MLB.com, had arguably his best season in professional baseball in 2014, going a combined 13-3 with a 3.16 ERA for Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse. He pitched 134 innings and struck out 111 batters. At 22, Cole features a mid-to-upper-90s fastball and front-end-of-the-rotation potential. He owns a career strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.24 and has struck out 9.1 batters per nine innings over the course of his career.

 

Nationals sign Solis, Cole before deadline

The Nationals signed second-round Draft pick Sammy Solis and fourth-rounder A.J. Cole a few hours before the midnight ET deadline on Monday.

Solis agreed to terms on a $1 million bonus, while Cole received a $2 million bonus.

Solis, a left-handed pitcher, came back after missing nearly all of the 2009 season with a herniated disc in his back, an injury he suffered while lifting weights two years ago. The setback limited the 6-foot-5 lefty to two games that year.

Opting against surgery, he spent an entire summer rehabbing and getting back in shape at “Athletes Performance” in Arizona.

All of the hard work he did in getting back from that injury eventually paid off. Solis went 9-2 with a 3.42 ERA for the University of San Diego this season. He struck out 92 batters while walking 29 in 92 innings.

“We thought he was a top talent that should have gone higher and we paid him accordingly,” assistant general manager Roy Clark said. “We feel he has a chance to move very quickly and we are very happy to bring him to DC.” 

Solis was originally drafted by the D-backs in the 18th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, but instead chose to attend USD.

Cole, a right-hander, joins the Nationals after combining to go 12-1 and fanning 10.7 batters per nine innings during his junior and senior seasons at Oviedo (Fla.) High School. Cole earned All-American status from both AFLAC and Under Armour in 2009.

In the summer of 2007, Cole tossed four scoreless innings for Team USA’s Under-16 squad that went 6-0 during the World Youth Championships played in Venezuela.

“This is an intense young man. He has a good look about him,” said scouting director Kris Kline. “He profiles as a No. 2, front-line starter. He may be a closer down the road. But he is a starter for now.”

Nats, Cole agree to terms

Right-hander pitcher A.J. Cole agreed to terms on a $2 million bonus with Nationals on Monday night.

Cole joins the Nationals after combining to go 12-1 and fanning 10.7 batters per 9.0 innings during his junior and senior seasons at Oviedo (Fla) High School. Cole earned All-American status from both AFLAC and Under Armour in 2009.

In the summer of 2007, Cole tossed 4.0 scoreless innings for Team USA’s Under-16 squad that went 6-0 during the 2007 World Youth Championships played in Venezuela.

Last minute problem may prevent deal between Nats, Cole

A last minute problem has surfaced between the Nationals and right-hander A.J. Cole, which means the two parties may not be doing a deal, according to a baseball source. It’s not known what the problem is.

The Nationals and Cole have until Monday at midnight to get a deal done.

Early Sunday morning, it was reported by Baseball America – then confirmed by MLB.com — that Cole, the fourth round pick in the 2010 First Year Player Draft, and the Nationals agreed to terms on a $2 million deal.

Another source went so far as to say that Cole and his family feel that the Nationals are a “great fit” for the 18-year-old. Cole likes the positive direction the team is going in.

Team president Stan Kasten, general manager Mike Rizzo and Cole’s advisor, Jeff Berry, were not available for comment. Without naming names, Rizzo said on Saturday that the club hopes to get deals done with its unsigned Draft picks, which include outfielder Bryce Harper, the first-overall selection.

“I feel confident that we want to sign the guys we want to sign out of the Draft,” Rizzo said. “It’s a two-way street, and we are certainly doing our part. We are engaged in good dialogue and good communication.”

Cole comes from Oviedo (Fla.) High School and his fastball is clocked as high as 94 mph.

 

Nats, Cole agree to terms

The Nationals agreed to terms on a $2 million deal with right-hander A.J. Cole, the Nationals’ fourth-round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, a baseball source has confirmed to MLB.com. The news was first reported by Baseball America.

The source went so far as to say that Cole and his family feel the Nationals are a “great fit” for the right-hander. Cole likes the positive direction the team is going in.

Team president Stan Kasten, general manager Mike Rizzo and Cole’s advisor, Jeff Berry, were not available for comment. Without naming names, Rizzo said Saturday that the club hopes to get deals done with its unsigned draft picks, which include outfielder Bryce Harper, the first overall pick in the draft.

“I feel confident that we want to sign the guys we want to sign out of the Draft,” Rizzo said. “It’s a two-way street, and we are certainly doing our part. We are engaged in good dialogue and good communication.” 

Cole comes from Oviedo (Fla.) High School and his fastball is clocked as high as 94 miles per  hour.

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