College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2013 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be adding players day-by-day until we get to number one!
Number 24 on our Top 100 Countdown is LSU’s Aaron Nola. The 6’1 right-handed pitcher from Baton Rouge, Louisiana was selected in the 22nd round by the Toronto Blue Jays in 2011.
During his freshman season, Nola made 19 appearances for the Tigers including 16 starts. He posted a 7-4 record with an ERA of 3.61. In his 89.2 innings pitched Nola struck out 89 while walking just seven—the fewest amount of walks allowed in the SEC.
His success earned him a variety of awards including being named to the Freshman All-SEC team, NCAA Regional All-Tournament Team, and Freshman All-American honors.
From a scouting perspective, Nola is a very solid pitching prospect. His repertoire is highlighted by a fastball that sits in the low 90s and a fantastic changeup. Most impressive however, is his ability to consistently throw strikes. To walk just seven in nearly 90 innings pitched, while striking out 89 says a great deal about the type of pitcher that Nola is. He now is sitting in the Friday night starter roll for LSU which puts him center stage in one of the best environments in college baseball, where he is one of the top players to watch for in 2013.