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Nats’ Cole Ready For Full Season

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This spring, A.J. Cole was enjoying his profession, his location and his organization. Cole is a 19-year-old righthander who set a fourth-round record by receiving a $2 million signing bonus last August. The Miami Hurricanes missed out on a pitcher whose fastball has been clocked at 98 mph and averages 92-93. Once projected as a top-10 pick, he still received top-10 money after a senior season that started with him struggling with the flu.

Majors | #2011#Organization Reports#Washington Nationals

Nationals’ Peacock Handles Transition To Bullpen

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If the day comes when Brad Peacock is asked to move to the bullpen, at least he'll know he's capable of blowing away top-notch competition. With the Arizona Fall League's Scottsdale Scorpions, he's pitching in relief for manager Randy Knorr, who guided the Nationals' Double-A Harrisburg team this past season. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound righthander is not undergoing a role change, said farm director Doug Harris, but simply easing out of a year in which he threw 142 innings between high Class A Potomac and Harrisburg.<br/>

Majors | #2010#Organization Reports#Washington Nationals

Nationals Midseason Report

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Before the Stephen Strasburg Show went national, the 2009 No. 1 overall pick dominated in five starts at Double-A Harrisburg and six at Triple-A Syracuse. He went 7-2, 1.30 with 65 strikeouts in his 55 minor league innings, and then had a similarly easy time against major league hitters. The 21-year-old righthander struck out a Nationals record 14 batters in his major league debut.

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Nats’ Storen Will Move Quickly To Big Leagues

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After learning the differences between hitters in the Pacific-10 Conference, South Atlantic League, Carolina League and Eastern League last year, righthanded relief prospect Drew Storen was up for an even bigger challenge this spring.<br/>The 10th pick from the 2009 draft showed why he's viewed as a future major league closer—with the future perhaps not far away. Before he was assigned to Double-A Harrisburg, Storen pitched well in major league spring training.

Majors | #2010#Organization Reports#Washington Nationals