Aaron Nola is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Nola spent three years playing varsity baseball for Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, including two state playoff appearances, after battling his rookie season due to stress fractures in his back.
The Louisiana Sports Writers Association dubbed Nola “Mr. Baseball” at the completion of his senior year in 2011.
Although he was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011, he chose to attend Louisiana State University (LSU), where he shared a room with future MLB infielder Alex Bregman.
Nola was voted SEC Pitcher of the Year twice during his three seasons as a weekend starter for the LSU Tigers, and he also won the National Pitcher of the Year Award in 2014.
He also played collegiate summer baseball with the Cape Cod Baseball League’s Harwich Mariners.
Aaron Nola Siblings: Meet Aaron Nola Brother, Austin Nola
Aaron Nola was born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and he and his older brother Austin also played baseball. His father, A. J., was Nola’s Little League coach until he graduated from high school.
Nola was chosen by the Colorado Rockies out of high school in 2008, but he turned down the option to play college baseball for Louisiana State University, where he helped the Tigers win the 2009 College World Series.
In 2011, he was picked by the Toronto Blue Jays after his junior year, but he chose to finish his college career.
Nola was subsequently taken in the fifth round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Miami Marlins, and he chose to sign with them for a $75,000 signing bonus.