A.J. Cole: Full Scouting Report on Prospect Dealt for Michael Morse
Michael Morse's name was heavily involved in MLB trade rumors, and those rumors came true on Wednesday when the Washington Nationals dealt Morse as part of a three-team deal to the Seattle Mariners, according to the Washington Post.
In return, the Nats received minor league pitcher A.J. Cole, who was originally drafted by Washington in 2010. The Oakland Athletics were the third team in the deal, and they received catcher John Jaso from the Mariners.
Here's a breakdown of what the Nationals received by dealing the fan-favorite Morse.
Birth Date: January 5, 1992 (21 years old)
Birthplace: Winter Springs, Fla.
Experience: Two years (minor league: A- to A+)
College: None: Oviedo High School
Height, weight: 6'4", 180 lbs
About Cole's Big League Time
Cole has yet to reach the MLB and has had a rough time in the minors so far in his young career.
Pitching for Washington Nationals affiliate, the Hagerstown Suns, Cole went 4-7 with a 4.04 ERA in 2011.
Just last season, as a member of the Oakland Athletics minor league organization, Cole pitched to the tune of an 0-7 record with an inflated 7.82 record
All in all, Cole is 10-17 to go along with a 3.82 ERA in his minor league career.
Cole boasts a fastball that has been known to touch 95 mph to go with a devastating curve.
Because of this lethal combination, the youngster has been compared to Justin Verlander, according to Scouting Book.
Scouting Book also writes of a decent changeup by Cole that can be developed into a solid weapon with the right coaching.
What makes Cole so lethal on the mound is his size, which you can see in this video:
Cole's lanky frame and height on the mound allows him to get on top of his curve, which generates more movement and spin as it approaches the plate.
The re-signing of Adam LaRoche made Michael Morse expendable, but I think the Nationals lost in this deal.
Washington is built to win now, and while Cole may very well develop into a solid righty, he hasn't produced enough in the minors to think of him as a viable MLB pitcher as of yet.
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