Aaron Nola

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Aaron Nola
Aaron Nola on September 2, 2015.jpg
Nola with the Philadelphia Phillies
Philadelphia Phillies – No. 27
Pitcher
Born: (1993-06-04) June 4, 1993 (age 26)
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 21, 2015, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
(through May 25, 2016)
Win–loss record 10–5
Earned run average 3.38
Strikeouts 138
WHIP 1.08
Teams

Aaron Michael Nola (born June 4, 1993) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB). He played college baseball at Louisiana State University (LSU). He was drafted by the Phillies in the first round of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft, and made his major league debut on July 21, 2015.

College career

Nola was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 22nd round of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft out of Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.[1] However, he decided not to sign and instead attended Louisiana State University to play college baseball for the LSU Tigers.

As a freshman in 2012, Nola pitched to a 7–4 win–loss record with a 3.61 earned run average (ERA) and 89 strikeouts in 89 23 innings pitched. That summer, Nola was selected by USA Baseball to play for the United States collegiate national team.[2] During his sophomore year, on April 22, 2013, Nola shared the Southeastern Conference (SEC) Pitcher of the Week Award with Bobby Wahl of the Ole Miss Rebels.[3] For his sophomore season, Nola went 12–1 with a 1.57 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 126 innings pitched, he was named an All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA), Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball.[4][5] He was also the SEC Pitcher of the Year.[6] As a junior in 2013, he pitched to an 11–1 record with a 1.47 ERA and 134 strikeouts. He again won the SEC Pitcher of the Year Award,[7] as well as the National Pitcher of the Year Award.[8] He was also a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser Trophy.[9][10]

Professional career

Nola was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the first round, seventh overall, in the 2014 Major League Baseball draft.[11] He signed with the Phillies on June 10.[12] After seven predominantly successful appearances for the Clearwater Threshers of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League, Nola earned a promotion to the Reading Fightin Phils of the Double-A Eastern League, on August 2, 2014. Former Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg opined, "He's just showed a good power arm, a real good fastball. It's a quick move for him, but he was ready for it."[13]

Nola began the 2015 season with Reading and after making 12 starts, was promoted to the Lehigh Valley IronPigs of the Class AAA International League. He made his major league debut for the Phillies on July 21, 2015.[14] He lost, 1–0, in his debut when he surrendered the game's only run to the opposing pitcher, Tampa Bay Rays' Nathan Karns.[15] He earned his first victory less than a week later, pitching 723 innings in the Phillies' 11–5 victory over the Chicago Cubs on July 26.[16] Nola contributed to his own cause with an RBI single in the same game.[16]

Personal

His brother, Austin, also played at LSU and currently also plays professional baseball.[17]

References

  1. Greater New Orleans (June 8, 2011). "MLB draft pick Aaron Nola weighs joining brother with LSU Tigers or signing pro deal". Nola.com. Retrieved January 30, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Greater New Orleans (April 16, 2013). "LSU pitcher Aaron Nola gets invite from Team USA". Nola.com. Retrieved January 30, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. Mississippi (April 22, 2013). "Mississippi State's Nick Ammirati, Ole Miss' Bobby Wahl honored by SEC | gulflive.com". Blog.gulflive.com. Retrieved March 3, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Hilary Scheinuk, NOLA.com. "LSU baseball trio nabs All-America honors". Times-Picayune. Nola.com. Retrieved January 30, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Greater New Orleans (May 30, 2013). "LSU's Mason Katz, Aaron Nola and Alex Bregman tabbed All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball". Nola.com. Retrieved January 30, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Greater New Orleans (May 28, 2013). "Nola, Bregman lead five LSU players chosen to the All-SEC team". Nola.com. Retrieved January 30, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Nola claims SEC Pitcher of the Year". theadvocate.com. Retrieved July 4, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "LSU's Aaron Nola is named the 2014 national Pitcher of the Year". NOLA.com. Retrieved July 4, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "LSU's Aaron Nola one of three Golden Spikes finalists". theneworleansadvocate.com. Retrieved July 4, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "LSU's Aaron Nola is a finalist for another player of the year award". NOLA.com. Retrieved July 4, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "Phillies select LSU righty Nola with No. 7 pick". Philadelphia Phillies. Retrieved July 4, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. Phillies sign first-round pick Nola[dead link]
  13. Popper, Daniel (August 2, 2014). "On fast track, top pick Nola elevated to Double-A". phillies.com: News. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved August 3, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. "Aaron Nola to make major-league debut Tuesday". Philly.com. July 17, 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. "Rarefied air: Karns' bat, arm lead Rays". MLB.com. Major League Baseball. July 21, 2015. Retrieved July 27, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  16. 16.0 16.1 Zolecki, Todd (July 26, 2015). "Nola follows Hamels with first career victory: Rookie tosses 7 2/3 sharp innings a day after Phillies' ace's no-hitter". phillies.com: News. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved July 27, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  17. Scott HOTARD Advocate sportswriter (June 8, 2013). "LSU pitcher Aaron Nola making his own identity". Theadvocate.com. Retrieved January 30, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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