The Philadelphia Phillies are in complete disarray as it pertains to their farm system and on-field performance. With an aging roster along with a depleted farm system that has very few top prospects that will be MLB-ready anytime soon, the Phillies need help.
With their first selection in the 2014 MLB Draft, the Phillies selected RHP Aaron Nola with the 7th overall pick. Nola is currently a junior at Louisiana State University, and is deemed by many scouts to be the first pitcher in this draft class to reach the majors.
In what was potentially his last year with LSU, Nola led the Tigers in every major statistical category for the second straight year. He finished the year with an 11-1 record, posting a 1.47 ERA in 116.1 innings pitched, and striking out 134 batters while only walking 34.
The two-time SEC Pitcher of the Year will certainly help to improve the Phillies’ farm system, and might be ready to help out the big league squad sooner than expected. Aaron Nola may even be the last first-round pick Ruben Amaro Jr. ever gets to make.
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