A.J. Cole

A.J. Cole

Height/Weight: 6' 5"/240 lbs
Bat: R
Throw: R
Born: Winter Springs, Florida
College: None
Draft: 2010 4th round by the
  • The Canadian Press

    Toronto Blue Jays crush Baltimore Orioles in spring-training action

    DUNEDIN, Fla. — Prospect Josh Palacios had a home run, triple and double and ace Hyun Jin Ryu allowed one run in two innings in his spring-training debut as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Baltimore Orioles 13-4 on Friday. Palacios, who replaced starter Randal Grichuk in right field, drove in five runs and went 3-for-3.. A fourth-round Toronto pick in the 2016 draft, Palacios is batting .556 in nine at-bats this spring. The lone hit off Ryu was a home run by Pat Valaika. Anthony Kay replaced Ryu and gave up a pair of runs in two innings. David Phelps, Ryan Borucki, Jordan Romano and Francisco Liriano each pitched one inning in the eight-inning game for Toronto (3-2-1). Catcher Danny Jansen and pinch-hitter Riley Adams also had homers for the Blue Jays. Toronto hosts the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 5, 2021. The Canadian Press

  • Blue Jays surrender two runs on wild pitches in 8-2 exhibition loss to Tigers
    The Canadian Press

    Blue Jays surrender two runs on wild pitches in 8-2 exhibition loss to Tigers

    LAKELAND, Fla. — A lack of control from Toronto's pitchers was a factor in the Detroit Tigers' 8-2 win over the Blue Jays in spring training action Thursday. The Tigers (3-2) scored eight unanswered runs in the win, with two of them coming off wild pitches. Toronto (2-2-1) scored a run in the top of the first two innings to take an early lead. Alejandro Kirk's RBI single drove in Marcus Semien in the first, and Cavan Biggio's triple brought home Forrest Wall in the second. Detroit got one back with a Miguel Cabrera RBI double in the third, then took control with a three-run fourth. Derek Hill started the scoring in the inning win an RBI single, followed by a run-scoring sacrifice fly from Isaac Paredes. Toronto right-hander Joey Murray followed that with a wild pitch that scored Akil Baddoo. Detroit scored two more in each of the fifth and sixth innings, capped by Toronto's second wild pitch of the day when Yosver Zulueta's wayward toss allowed Daniel Pinero to score. Toronto starter T.J. Zeuch allowed two hits and a walk over two scoreless innings. Murray took the loss after giving up three runs on two hits and three walks in the fourth. The Blue Jays got to Detroit starter Spencer Turnbull with four hits and two runs over his two innings, but the Tigers' relievers combined to allow no runs and just one hit over the next five innings. Derek Holland picked up the win. Toronto next plays Friday afternoon against Baltimore in Dunedin, Fla. This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 4, 2021. The Canadian Press

  • Atkins 'not aware' of allegations against Callaway
    The Canadian Press

    Atkins 'not aware' of allegations against Callaway

    Toronto Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins said Thursday he was “absolutely not aware” of any sexual harassment allegations against Mickey Callaway during their time together with the Cleveland Indians organization. Atkins, who was the Indians executive who oversaw Callaway's hiring by Cleveland in 2010, said the team failed by not creating an environment for such allegations to be properly addressed. "There is no chance that we would have overlooked that if we had had any signs of that type of behaviour,” Atkins said. Callaway was most recently the Los Angeles Angels’ pitching coach but he has been suspended while Major League Baseball investigates allegations of inappropriate behaviour toward several women who work in sports media. Callaway has also previously served as manager of the New York Mets. Atkins called the situation “disheartening and sad" and apologized to those affected. “As a leader, it’s our responsibility to ensure that our staff feels safe, supported,” Atkins said. “I deeply apologize to anyone who ever faced harassment or didn’t feel comfortable to come forward. I see that as a failure on my part that there weren’t the proper channels for someone to feel safe to come forward. As a leader in that organization, that’s heartbreaking for me.” Atkins said he has not been contacted by MLB regarding the investigation but said he would be willing to co-operate if asked. The Athletic reported last month that several women gave detailed accounts of multiple instances of aggressive, inappropriate acts by Callaway over five years while he was employed by three teams. On Tuesday, another report by The Athletic said several former Cleveland employees had come forward in the past month to say the team’s front office was aware of Callaway’s conduct. Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said this week that Cleveland is co-operating with the MLB investigation. Atkins said Cleveland’s vetting process in hiring Callaway, and others, “was clearly not good enough.” “I know there were hires that I made myself that the process was not good enough and not thorough enough,” said Atkins, who was the director of player development in Cleveland when Callaway was hired. Atkins left Cleveland to become the Blue Jays general manager in October 2015. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Ian Harrison, The Associated Press