Nola was selected by the Colorado Rockies in the 48th round of the 2008 MLB Draft, but he decided to play college baseball for Louisiana State University instead of signing with them (LSU).
LSU shifted junior DJ LeMahieu to second base and started freshman Nola at shortstop in an effort to strengthen an infield defense that had gone 40 games without a successful double play in 2009.
Nola excelled at the position and finished the regular season batting.240 with 27 runs, 18 RBIs, and three home runs. Nola batted .250 in the 2009 College World Series while driving in four runs and one home run.
He had a fielding percentage of 1.000 and committed no errors in 24 opportunities as LSU won its sixth championship.
Nola returned to LSU in 2010 as a sophomore and started all 63 games of the regular season at shortstop while batting.320 with 50 runs, 52 RBIs, and five home runs.
When LSU defeated Alabama to win the Southeastern Conference (SEC) championship game that year, Nola was awarded the competition’s Most Valuable Player (MVP).
Later that year, Nola participated in collegiate summer baseball with the Cape Cod Baseball League’s Harwich Mariners. He went back to LSU as a junior in 2011, starting all 56 games at shortstop.
On April 10, Nola hit a grand slam in the sixth inning of a game against Arkansas, which the team ultimately lost 5-4. Nola’s grand slam was the first of his career and the only one by an LSU player in the 2011 campaign.
Austin Nola Contract
The San Diego Padres and Austin Nola agreed to a one-year, $726,900 deal, including a $726,900 guarantee.
Austin Nola Salary
Austin Nola earns a yearly salary of $726,900 on average. Nola’s base pay for 2022 will be $726,900.
Austin Nola Net Worth
Austin Nola has a net worth estimation of $1 million to $5 million