Aaron Nola promoted to Lehigh Valley

The State secret that is Ruben Amaro’s timeline for Aaron Nola was finally learned today with his call up to AAA Lehigh Valley to presumably make his first start Thursday in Allentown.  Nola, who just turned 22 has been consistently outstanding this year, with a 7-3 record and a 1.88ERA in his 12 AA starts.  In 76.2IP for Reading, Nola has allowed just 59 hits, walking 9 and striking out 59, while holding the opposition to a .219 avg.  After having one start skipped to “keep him fresh”, Nola threw 5 innings yesterday (69 pitches), and yielded 2 earned runs on a first inning 2R homer.  Just one year removed from college ball, I would expect the Phils to keep Nola at no more than 160-170IP this year and to be closely monitored post All Star break.  Top prospect status aside, Nola will be a very welcome addition to both the team (23-42) and the fans in Allentown who have had very little to watch and even less to cheer about as we approach the minor league seasons half way point.

17 thoughts on “Aaron Nola promoted to Lehigh Valley

  1. Wonder if Mark Leiter will take his spot. He’s 24 at CLW, and obviously having a great season.

    Was hoping Leibrandt would make the jump, but his recently injury probably dispels that move.

    Maybe Casimiro gets double-bumped. Nah, that’s a joke, but I would like to see move up a level as he’s 22 and still at LW.

    Obviously Nola has been outstanding. Let’s hope it continues!

      1. Rushing this kid to the worst team in baseball, WHY? Let him finish out the season at Reading. Then next year, the Piggies. Then in 2017, Nola could make his MLB début. But rushing this kid, man, bugs me to no end. Patience, men, that what I preach. P – A – T – E – I – N – C – E.

        1. Going into the draft, Nola was said to be the most MLB ready of the pitchers available. It’s a year later, and he’s just been promoted to Triple A after dominating Double A hitters for several months. I’m not sure how this is an example of rushing a player.

  2. If things go as planned, a call up in Sept., a good look in spring training, then again to LHV, called up for good in mid May (coinciding with the arbitration clock) to be the 3rd starter still shy of 23 y/o – with 2nd starter potential.

  3. A lighthearted but serious suggestion for Phuture Phillies player collage heading: replace image of Jonathan Pettibone with Aaron Nola.

  4. I think we’ll likely see Nola once the likely deals of Harang and Hamels happen. I mean they can’t possibly give us a staff of Williams, Correia, O’Sullivan, Billingsley and Sev Gonz , can they? At least give us 1 pitcher we can watch every 5 days w/o covering our eyes.

    1. How about adding also Phillipe Aumont and Joely Rod? Could you at least peek through your fingers then!

  5. Will they call up someone from CWater (Leibrandt or Leiter?) to take Nola’s spot in the rotation there?

      1. I would expect Leibrandt to also get the call up once he returns from the DL and pitches one more game with the Threshers.
        Perhaps Biddle will be moved to LHV.

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