A.J. Cole Promoted To Syracuse

Moving On Up for NPP
The Harrisburg Senators announced today that RHP A.J. Cole has been promoted to Syracuse.

Yesterday, RHP John Simms was “moved on up” from Potomac and today it was announced that he would be starting in place of Cole, who had been listed as today’s starter in Senators media notes. Tomorrow’s starter for Syracuse is officially “TBA,” but it doesn’t take a great deal of imagination to suppose that the 22-y.o. Cole will be taking the hill against the Bisons tomorrow night.

Unlike many of the promotions this year, this one appears to be permanent, given Adam Kilgore’s report on Wednesday predicting this move. Cole was the only pitcher to make every start for the Senators since the season began, though he did miss one start with no official explanation.

Since that missed start in early June, Cole has gone 2-1 with a 3.80 ERA over four starts with one homer, five walks and 21 hits allowed over 21⅓ IP while striking out 22. Good, but not dominant numbers… much like his promotion last July that came two starts after getting rocked by Wilmington for seven runs on 11 hits over five innings.

The point? As much as we’d like to think that a player on a hot or cold streak is doing good or bad (*ahem*), the folks that make these decisions are looking for things that most of us are not able to see as readily.

Cole will be entering a rotation, that like much of the full-season affiliates, has been in flux with the semi-constant recalls of pitchers from upstate New York to the District, including Taylor Hill, Blake Treinen, Jordan Taylor, and of course, Xavier “Carry On” Cedeno. The Chiefs are also are in the middle of a 33-day stretch without a scheduled day off with 17 games to go, the last eight on the road.

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of NationalsProspects.com. Potomac is his home base as a season-ticket holder, but he has visited every affiliate north of Florida at least once, with multiple trips to Hagerstown and Harrisburg.

4 thoughts on “A.J. Cole Promoted To Syracuse”

  1. Thank you Mike Rizzo! Desperately needed starting pitching on its way with the optioning of Taylor Hill and AJ Cole … and then Blake Trienen after the twi-night double header tomorrow.

  2. Admittedly it does appear as if Rizzo is leaving Harrisburg twisting in the wind this season after a strong performance last year. Can’t help but wonder if he won’t promote Michael Taylor to Syracuse but that might send the message that he is giving up on Brian Goodwin who is the same age as Destin Hood. Still pretty young for AAA. So, he gets to do the Corey Brown and repeat a level next season. But, meanwhile what about uber fielder in CF Michael Taylor? And then there’s Skole who would be available on the rule 5 this season.

    1. I’d be shocked if Taylor gets promoted this season. Right now, he’s King through the nose, and I’m his biggest fan. Control the strike zone, and the rZo thinks about it. Moreover, the org doesn’t need them to give up on high pick Goodwin quickly. Brian Goodwin, for the love of God, hit well enough to merit a trade as soon as possible!!!

  3. if the fans can be as patient as the org pitching coaches
    heaven and earth will be in harmony kkkkkkk
    good to see pedro e rehabbing @ GCL
    the injuries to arms caused the heavy June arm drafting

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