Aaron Nola will make his major league debut for the Phillies on Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays. (Credit: Steven M. Falk/Inquirer)
The Phillies announced on Friday that Aaron Nola, the clubs top draft pick from last year, will make his major league debut on Tuesday against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Draft 7th overall, the LSU grad has been on the fast track to the big leagues. Nola is the first Phillies opening round draft pick to make his major league debut the year after he was drafted since Pat Combs in 1989.
He started his pro career at high-A Clearwater, bypassing the organization’s lower affiliates. Nola proved to be a quick mover and ended his first season at Reading. His fastball can reach up to 95 m.p.h. which pairs well with a good changeup and curveball.
“The thing that really jumps out to you is his command. His control,” LSU baseball coach Paul Mainieri told Philly.com. “This guy has as good of control of his fastball as any pitcher I’ve known in 33 years of college coaching.”
This past weekend at the 2015 MLB Futures Game, Nola told CSNPhilly.com’s Jim Salisbury his focus was on Triple A, not getting the call up to the Phillies.
In his 18 combined starts between Double-A Reading and Triple-A Lehigh Valley this season, the righty posted a 10-4 record with a 2.39 ERA and a 2.41 batting average against.
Nola’s second start for the Iron Pigs on Thursday night wasn’t the greatest as the 22-year-old gave up seven hits and six runs (five earned) in three innings of work en route to the loss against the Rochester Red Wings.
Since Larry Bowa already dons the number 10, Nola will wear No. 27.