Aaron Nola, Starting Pitcher, Philadelphia Phillies, #27
Date of Birth: 6/4/1993
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
College: Louisiana State University
Aaron Nola, starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies, was first drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011 but he opted instead to attend Louisiana State University. He was a top player at LSU and he was named the Southeastern Conference Pitcher of the Year in both his sophomore and junior years (2012, 2013). In 2013, he was also named the National Pitcher of the Year.
The Phillies drafted Nola in 2014. He pitched in the Phillies' minor league system in 2014 and half of 2015. In 30 games, he had a 14-7 record, 137 strikeouts to 28 walks, and a 2.57 ERA in 164.2 innings.
Nola joined the Phillies for 13 games in 2015. He had a 3.59 ERA, a 6-2 record, and 68 strikeouts to 19 walks in 77.2 innings.
In 2016, Nola had a 4.78 ERA in 20 games with the Phillies. He finished the season with 6 wins to 9 losses and 121 strikeouts to 29 walks in 111.0 innings.
Career pitching statistics for Nola through 2016 include:
- 33 games played
- 188.2 innings pitched
- 12-11 win-loss record
- 189 strikeouts to 48 walks
- 4.29 ERA
Nola's brother Austin is in the Miami Marlins' system. He also played at LSU and he, like Aaron, was drafted by the Blue Jays in 2011 but he, too, opted instead to continue playing at LSU.