Player Notebook: Aaron Nola

BATS: Right, THROWS: Right

HEIGHT: 6′ 2″, WEIGHT:  200 pounds

BORN: June 4, 1993 (Baton Rouge, LA)

ACQUIRED: Drafted by the Phillies in the first round (seventh overall) of the 2014 Draft.

TWITTER: @AaronNola027

CONTRACT STATUS: Eligible for arbitration following the 2018, 2019 and 2020 seasons. Eligible to become a free agent following the 2021 season.

2017 – $0,544-million
2016 – $0.5175-million
2015 – $0.5075-million (prorated)
Original signing bonus of $3.300-million

2018 SEASON: Selected to make his first career Opening Day start.

2017 SEASON: Set career-highs in starts (27), Innings (168), Wins (12), Strikeouts (184) and posted the lowest ERA (3.54) and Opponents Average (.241) of his career.

2016 SEASON: Made his first career Opening Day roster… Posted a career-high 23-inning scoreless streak from April 22-May 8, tied for the longest in the NL… Made nine consecutive quality starts (April 22-June 5) the longest streak by a Phillies pitcher since 2013 (Cole Hamels – 10)… On the DL August 3 (retroactive to July 29) with a right elbow strain; transferred to the 60-Day DL on August 17 and missed the remainder of the season.

2015 SEASON: Rated the Phillies second best prospect by Philly Baseball Insider coming into the season… Opened the season with AA Reading… Named the Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Month for May (4-1, 1.35, 40 IP, 32 K, 5 BB)… Selected to the roster for the U.S. Team in the Futures Game, but did not pitch… Made his MLB debut on July 21 against Tampa Bay (L, 6 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K) and became the first player drafted by the Phillies to make his MLB debut the next season since 1989 (Pat Combs)… Had a 13-inning scoreless streak from August 18-28, the longest by a Phillies rookie since 2011 (Vance Worley – 14 IP).

2014 SEASON: Began his pro career with High-A Clearwater… Opponents had just a .121 average (4-for-33) with runners on-base… Did not allow a walk in 19 consecutive innings from July 1-19… Promoted to AA Reading on August 4… Won his AA debut against Harrisburg on August 6 (5 IP, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K)… Following the season, was named the second best prospect in the Phillies organization by Baseball America… Pitched in the Florida Instructional League.

PERSONAL NOTES: Attended Catholic High School (Baton Rouge, LA) and went on to pitch for Louisiana State University… Was the 2014 National College Pitcher of the Year and a Golden Spikes Award finalist… Named First-Team All-American, SEC Pitcher of the Year and First-Team All-SEC.

DID YOU KNOW?… Nola was first drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 22nd round of the 2011 Draft, but did not sign and elected to attend Louisiana State.


Chuck Hixson

Chuck has a wide and varied background in covering sports both locally and nationally. Living in the Lehigh Valley area of Pennsylvania, Chuck has the distinction of being the only person to have covered both the Lehigh Valley IronPigs and Lehigh Valley Phantoms in every season of their existence. Chuck began covering sports in 1998 when he was the first program director and morning host at WTKZ-AM in Allentown, Pennsylvania when the station switched to an all sports format. Chuck produced the stations coverage of the Allentown Ambassadors baseball team, which played in the independent Northeast League. From there, Chuck was the editor and writer of Pinstripes magazine, covering Phillies baseball. That led to Chuck founding Philly Baseball Insider in 2003. Chuck has done freelance work for national entities such as USA TODAY, CBS, FOX Sports, Washington Times and others.

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