Aaron Nola Will Make Phillies Debut on Tuesday
Aaron Nola's time is here.
The Phillies announced today that 2014 first round pick will be called up to the big leagues to make his debut for the Phillies on Tuesday, July 21st against the Tampa Bay Rays.
Nola made his final start in Triple-A for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs on Thursday night and did not fare well.
It was the worst start of his professional career only last three innings, surrendering six earned runs and two home runs.
Still, Nola can put all that behind him and get ready to pitch for the team that drafted him just one year ago.
From the Phillies:
"Nola, 22, was selected by the Phillies in the first round (7th overall) of the June 2014 draft. 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."
Nola combined to go 10-4 with a 2.39 ERA in 18 starts between double-A Reading (7-3, 1.88 ERA) and triple-A Lehigh Valley (3-1, 3.58).
He was also selected to participate in the MLB Future's Game, but did not wind up pitching.
His call-up comes at a time where ace pitcher Cole Hamels could be making his final home start for the Phillies on Sunday against the Marlins, the trade rumors will be picking up in the next two weeks with the trade deadline on July 31st.
Nola joined Mike Gill on The Sports Bash this week to discuss a potential call up and said that he just prepares like he's going to pitch every fifth day.
"Just trying to establish a good routine that I'm comfortable with and adjusting to the pro lifestyle. I love the game and I love the lifestyle," Nola said.
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