Yesterday, the Washington Nationals announced via Twitter that right handed pitcher A.J. Cole of the Potomac Nationals has been named the Pitcher of the Week. The Potomac Nationals are a Class A Advanced affiliate of the MLB club.
#Nationals minor leaguer RHP A.J. Cole has been named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week (April 29th- May 5th).
— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) May 6, 2013
Cole struck out nine and gave up just four hits in six shutout innings against Myrtle Beach (TEX). It was his first win of the season. Cole was selected by the Nationals in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft. According to MLB.com, he was ranked the 91st best minor leaguer entering 2013.
In other Nationals minor league news, pitcher Bill Bray has been assigned to Double-A Harrisburg. Bray had been in extended spring training. Since Harrisburg took on Bray, reliever Trevor Holder was been released.
The move comes as a bit of a surprise to some as Holder was a solid minor league relief pitcher. In seven appearances (18 innings total), Holder held a 2.89 ERA and was 1-1 on saves. He had given up just nine runs, six earned, and struck out 13 while only walking four.