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.
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
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.