LSU's Aaron Nola to make MLB debut
BATON ROUGE - Aaron Nola was a phenomenon on the mound for LSU, and he's poised to be one again when he makes his major league debut with the Philadelphia Phillies next week.
The Phillies announced Nola will start against the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday. It will make him the first player drafted by the Phillies to make his major league debut the very next season since Pat Combs did in 1989.
Nola was a repeat SEC Pitcher of the Year for LSU in 2012 and 2013, and a finalist for the Golden Spikes award and the Dick Howser Trophy. The Phillies drafted him as the number seven overall pick last year, and he quickly moved up through the organization.
It's good news for Nola after a rough week. He only lasted three innings Thursday night after giving up six runs on seven hits as the starter for Triple A Lehigh Valley. The shelling put his Triple A record at 3-1 and 3.58 ERA, and his overall record at 10-4 with 2.39 ERA.