PHILADELPHIA- Right-handed pitcher Aaron Nola, the Philadelphia Phillies seventh overall pick in the first round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, has agreed to terms with the club. Marti Wolever, assistant general manager of amateur scouting, announced the news Tuesday.
One of three finalists for the Golden Spikes Award, given annually to college baseball’s top player, Nola has just completed his junior season at Louisiana State University. The 21-year-old went 11-1 in 16 starts with a 1.47 ERA coupled with 134 strikeouts and only 27 walks in 116.1 innings of work. LSU went 15-1 in his 16 starts.
The 6-foot-1, 195 pound Nola finished his career at LSU going 30-6 with a 2.09 ERA. He was honored as the Southeastern Conference’s Pitcher of the Year in both 2013 and 2014, the only player in conference history to win the award twice.
A native of Baton Rouge, La., Nola was originally selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 22nd round of the 2011 draft, but did not sign with the team. He is the younger brother of Austin Nola, a shortstop in the Miami Marlins farm system.