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Three scoreless innings for Aaron Nola in Phillies' spring debut
|by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com|
|(3/28/15) Phillies pitching prospect Aaron Nola had three scoreless innings in his spring debut on Friday.
Nola was the seventh overall pick in the 2014 draft out of LSU.
He entered in the second inning and struck out four in three five-hit innings. Three of the hits came in the first five batters Nola faced, but he settled down.
"There was some nerves and some butterflies," Nola said, per the Philadelphia Daily News, "but it was a cool experience for me."
"I like everything about him," manager Ryne Sandberg said. "I thought he responded well, I really did. His composure was good. He threw strikes. He made some adjustments early. He was probably a little pumped-up the first couple pitches, because he's a command guy down in the zone. I've seen him on the minor league side that way. He made some adjustments there."
Phillies pitcher Aaron Nola to start Friday
|by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com|
|(3/23/15) Phillies pitching prospect Aaron Nola will make his first start of spring training Friday when Philadelphia takes on the Yankees, manager Ryne Sandberg said per Philly.com.
Sandberg wants to get all of his prospects sometime on the mound this spring and wants to see Nola throw strikes.
"It's about allowing a guy like Nola to experience this and see what he can do in this environment," Sandberg said. "It goes a long way with development going down the road. I think it will be a good experience for him."
Phils' Amaro on SP Nola: Still needs work, but he's a fast-track guy
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(2/5/15) Phillies starting pitcher prospect Aaron Nola entered the 2014 MLB Draft with expectations that he could move quickly through the minors following a standout career at LSU. While the Phillies still believe that, the No. 7 overall pick in last year's draft will not be in major-league camp in 2015, which is a strong indication he is expected to open the season in the minors.
“We just didn’t feel like it was necessary,” general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said, per CSNPhilly.com. “We need to take a look at some other guys. He’s not one of those kids that we need to see mature or develop mentally. We think that he’s got other things he needs to work on on the field, other parts of the game that he needs to continue to work on.
“He’ll get into minor-league camp and get into the program there and it will be good for him and when he’s ready to come to the big leagues, he’ll come to the big leagues.”
Nola was impressive in 12 outings (11 starts) between high Class A and Double-A in 2014. He went 4-3 with a 2.93 ERA and 1.07 WHIP, while striking out 45 batters in 55 1/3 innings. If he continues to progress at a fast pace, a 2015 MLB debut might not be out of the question.
“A lot of it depends on his performance and how he continues to develop,” Amaro said. “But he’s a fast-track guy and there’s a reason why. He’s got pitch-ability that’s beyond his years. He’s got great poise. But he still needs work.”
Aaron Nola already on his way to Double-A
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
|(8/3/14) Phillies starting pitcher prospect Aaron Nola didn't have a very long stay with Class A Clearwater. The 2014 first-round pick (seventh overall) has been promoted from Clearwater to Double-A Reading after just seven appearances (six starts), per The Philadelphia Inquirer.
Nola, who will make his Double-A debut Wednesday, was 2-3 with a 3.16 ERA for Clearwater. He struck out 30 and walked five in 31 1/3 innings.
"I want to see how he can handle that level, and there is a good chance he starts there next year," said Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development. "He still has innings to get in August to build him up to 2015, and he has earned this challenge."
Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said he wouldn't be surprised if Nola receives an invite to spring training next year.
"From the reports that I've heard and the stuff that he has, that wouldn't surprise me," Sandberg said. "He was supposed to be a guy on a fast track right from when he was signed, so depending on how he does in the next month . . . that wouldn't shock me by any means."
Aaron Nola clobbered in professional debut
|by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com|
|(6/24/14) Phillies first-round draft pick Aaron Nola was knocked around during his professional debut.
Nola lasted 2 1/3 innings, giving up four earned runs. He allowed three hits, three walks and hit one batter. Nola did manage three strikeouts. Nola was the seventh overall pick in the 2014 draft, and was considered one of the players who could move to the majors quickly.
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