Nationals close to signing A.J. Cole
Fourth round selection A.J. Cole, a high school pitcher from Florida with a high-90s fastballs and first-round talent, is close finalizing an agreement with the Nationals, Cole said this morning in a telephone conversation.
Cole said that "nothing is for sure yet," and that his agent and the Nationals are polishing off the details of his contract. But he also sounded as if the negotiations have reached the point of formality.
"It's really exciting," Cole said. "I'm just basically starting my life now. I think we're basically right there. They're just finishing up the little things."
Cole, 18, likely would have been picked in the first round if not for his strong commitment to the University of Miami. He recently finished his senior season at Ovideo
Here's some video of Cole in action:
August 15, 2010; 10:59 AM ET
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