16 Jul 2015

CHS Alumnus Aaron Nola ’11 To Make MLB Debut for the Phillies

Catholic High alumnus Aaron Nola ’11 will make his Major League Baseball debut on Tuesday night, July 21, 2015, for the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park In Philadelphia.  Nola, the 7th overall pick in the 2014 MLB Draft, will become the first Phillies player since 1989 to make his major league debut a season after being drafted.

After a stellar career at LSU, Nola was drafted by Philadelphia and has accelerated through the minor league ranks.  Nola began the season for Philadelphia’s Double A team in Reading and posted a 7-3 record with a 1.88 ERA in twelve starts.  He was promoted to AAA Lehigh Valley and posted a 3-1 record with a 3.86 ERA in six starts.  After the collective performance in 2015, Philadelphia management made the decision to call up the former Bears right handed pitcher.

The Phillies have the worst record in the major leagues, with a record of 29-62, and Nola will start against the American League East’s second place team in Tampa Bay.  Nola is expected to be a mid-rotation starter for years to come and part of the rebuilding effort in Philadelphia.