Aaron Nola is making his way to the big leagues just over a year since he was drafted.
That Lehigh line includes a clunker in his final outing for the Iron Pigs in which he failed to get out of the fourth inning and gave up six runs. His success was noted and he was quickly moved to Triple-A affiliates Lehigh Valley, where his record exceeded expectations yet again with 3-1.
The Phillies weren’t fazed at all by top pitching prospect Aaron Nola getting hit around pretty good for the first time all season in a Triple-A start Thursday night. Prior to last night’s game he was 3-0 with a 2.43 ERA and 1.28 WHIP in five starts with Lehigh Valley. It is really the only start in his minor league career in which he was roughed up. So, why did Baseball America still rank him as the No. 12 prospect in baseball when they recently released their midseason top-50?
And if Nola is called up on Tuesday and not sent down again this season, he will not reach Super Two status and will be under team control through the 2021 season. All Nola knows how to do is pitch. He will become the first player drafted by Philadelphia to make his major league debut the very next season since Pat Combs, who was selected in June 1988 and made his ML debut in September 1989.
7-3 and a 1.88 ERA were his impressive numbers at Reading.
If you’re a Philadelphia Phillies fan, first off, I apologize. BA said Nola is the Phils’ No. 2 prospect, behind J.P. Crawford. He went 30-6 with a 2.09 ERA in college, and was picked seventh overall by the Phillies in last year’s draft.