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Phillies sign No. 7 overall draft pick Aaron Nola

Jun 10, 2014, 2:40 PM EST

LSU right-hander and No. 7 overall draft pick Aaron Nola has agreed to a contract with the Phillies, the team announced.

Nola has a chance to be one of the first–and perhaps the first–player from the draft class to reach the majors because he’s a polished college starter with excellent control and incredible overall numbers against good competition.

He was considered a consensus top-10 talent in the draft class after going 11-1 with a 1.47 ERA and 134/27 K/BB ratio in 116 innings for LSU this season. He was also 12-1 with a 1.57 ERA and 122/18 K/BB ratio in 126 innings last season.

Those are about as good as numbers can get in major conference college baseball and Nola is hardly a soft-tossing control artist with poor raw stuff. He can reach the mid-90s with his fastball and has a chance to be a top-of-the-rotation starter.

  1. thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    He must have negotiated the deal himself, because we know the Phillies don’t deal with agents this time of year.

    • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 10, 2014 at 2:51 PM

      Almost forgot, 3-4 days ago after being drafted Nola said he would let his advisor handle most of the negotiations. Yet Philly didn’t run to the NCAA to turn him in.

      • paperlions - Jun 10, 2014 at 3:44 PM

        Well, the NCAA doesn’t care anymore since he signed a deal and isn’t coming back.

      • thatsnuckinfuts - Jun 10, 2014 at 3:49 PM

        Lucky for him huh?
        I tease, but the Phillies made a great pick, most seen it coming but their fans were probably relieved when they actually made it.

      • paperlions - Jun 10, 2014 at 4:06 PM

        Most pundits seem to really have liked their last couple of drafts. That Crawford kid they took last year looks like a steal.

  2. chaseutley - Jun 10, 2014 at 3:03 PM

    Here’s hoping this plays out a little more smoothly than the Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez signing.

  3. sportsdrenched - Jun 10, 2014 at 3:29 PM

    Wait, his last name is Nola and he plays for LSU. How Louisiana is that?

  4. Youknowimright - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    That arm angle screams short career. Rotator cuff or tommy john coming to a philly ball park soon

    • ochospantalones - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      He does have a pretty violent looking delivery, but the truth is no one really knows what causes shoulder and arm injuries for pitchers.

  5. greymares - Jun 10, 2014 at 6:32 PM

    Anybody else think he may be included in a trade deadline deal for a 36yr. old corner outfielder. lol.

  6. jimmywho14 - Jun 10, 2014 at 8:08 PM

    I hope he’s starting for the Phillies on Sunday

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