Austin Kyle Nola is a Major League Baseball catcher who currently plays for the San Diego Padres.
Nola formerly played for the Seattle Mariners in Major League Baseball. Nola grew up in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and studied at Catholic High School with his brother Aaron.
The Colorado Rockies picked Nola out of high school in 2008, but he turned it down, instead committing to play college baseball for Louisiana State University, where he helped the Tigers win the College World Series in 2009.
In 2011, he was drafted after his junior year by the Toronto Blue Jays, but he chose to finish his college career.
Nola was subsequently selected by the Miami Marlins in the fifth round of the 2012 MLB Draft, and he chose to sign with them for a $75,000 signing bonus.
He spent the following few seasons working his way up the Marlins’ farm system, eventually reaching Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs in 2015.
His career stopped there, and Nola, concerned that he would not make it to the major leagues, switched from shortstop to catcher. He acquired the position while playing in the Arizona Fall League and made his full-time debut behind the plate in 2017.
Nola, a free agent after the 2018 season, agreed to terms with the Mariners. In June 2019, he made his major league debut with Seattle.
The Mariners traded Nola to the Padres at the 2020 trade deadline, where he made his first MLB postseason appearance. He led the Padres to the 2020 National League Division Series after catching them in the 2020 National League Wild Card Series.
How Much Does Austin Nola Make?
Austin Nola earns a yearly salary of $726,900. Nola’s starting pay in 2022 will be $726,900.