Draft Prospect- AJ Cole

A J Cole: RHP

School: Oviedo HS (FL)

6-5 185  | B/T: R/R |

DOB: 1/5/1992

Cole is a long, lean, and very projectable pitcher.  He generates big time arm speed, with little effort.  Reports have his fastball sitting in the low 90s, and tops out at 94.  While he lacks a plus fastball right now, Cole does have the frame to fill out and add a few more ticks on his fastball.  In watching video of Cole, he is free and easy in his delivery, although he has a bit of a wrist wrap at the bottom of his delivery; he has good enough arm speed and body control to throw strikes consistently.  He creates a good downward plane with his fastball.  Cole repeats his delivery very well, and maintains good balance throughout.

Cole’s secondary pitches still need refinement.  Reports have his curveball sitting in the mid 70s.  He has flashed a plus breaking ball, but still needs to be more consistent with it. He needs to stay on top of his curveball, to create the downward break.  His curveball tends to flatten out, making it very hittable.    Cole’s change-up is the weakest of his 3 offerings.  Scouts say he rarely uses it, meaning that he has little confidence in it.  Scouts say he has good arm speed with the change-up, but the it is still a work in progress.

Overall, Cole is highly regarded mostly because of his future projection.  Blessed with an ideal pitcher’s frame, and an above average fastball, Cole has a chance to go in the top-10 of the draft.  His ceiling will be determined by the progress of his secondary pitches.  Cole has committed to the University of Miami, FL.
Photo courtesy of pnrscouting.com

There are 3 comments

  1. philipp_m

    I would like to see the Mets picking him. A high school pitcher who already throws two off-speed pitches and has a high ceiling. Jameson Taillon won’t be available at No. 7 probably.

  2. NateW

    Would be happy to have him, though he doesn’t sound like a top 7 prospect.. and they might need to go for someone closer to big league ready with a pick that high. Gotta replace Maine and Perez well before this kid would be ready.

  3. esovia

    In my estimation, outside Taillon, Whitson, and Pomeranz, Cole is the best pitching prospect available. Hes almost certain to fall to #7 and I think unless Taillon, Whitson, or Pomeranz is available, the Mets should go with AJ Cole.

    Having a tall, smooth, fluid starter in the organization like Cole would be a major boon to this organization.

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