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The 22-year-old Cole compiled a 6-3 record and 2.92 ERA this season for Double-A Harrisburg with 61 strikeouts in 79 innings.
The 22-year-old Cole has actually regressed a bit at Double-A Harrisburg this season with 79 hits allowed and 61 strikeouts in 71 innings. His ERA is up nearly a point from 2013, when he fanned 49 in 45 1/3 innings.
Cole has also not performed well recently. He has yielded 13 runs in his last 25 1/3 innings covering five starts.
Since his promotion, Cole has a 1.73 ERA in 26 innings. He's managed to strikeout 26 hitters over that period. After a rough 2012, Cole has regained his top prospect form with the Nationals.
Cole went seven innings, giving up four hits and one run. He did not walk any batters. Cole has lived up to his prospect billing after a down year in 2012. Harrisburg pitching coach Paul Menhart said the biggest difference he's seen with Cole is his ability to command his fastball.
In three Double-A starts, Cole has a 0.90 ERA.
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