LSU's Nola selected No. 7 in MLB Draft

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South
LSU pitcher Aaron Nola delivers last season. Nola was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies No. 7 in the first round of the MLB draft on Thursday. 
POST SOUTH PHOTO/Peter Silas Pasqua

BATON ROUGE - LSU junior right-hander Aaron Nola was selected No. 7 overall by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Thursday night.

Nola, a 2014 Golden Spikes Award finalist and a two-time SEC Pitcher of the Year, became the third-highest draft choice in LSU baseball history and was the 17th LSU player to be chosen in the first round.

A Baton Rouge product, he has enjoyed a brilliant three-year career at LSU, compiling a 30-6 mark and a 2.09 ERA in 332 innings with 42 walks and 345 strikeouts.

He is No. 3 on the LSU career list for strikeouts, No. 4 for ERA and No. 5 for pitching wins.

Nola was named in 2014 a first-team all-American for the second straight season, as he posted an 11-1 mark and a 1.47 ERA in 116.1 innings with 27 walks and 134 strikeouts.

Including compensatory selections, LSU has produced 14 first-round picks since 1989, when pitcher Ben McDonald was the first overall selection by the Baltimore Orioles. LSU pitcher Kevin Gausman was the fourth overall selection by the Orioles in 2012.

with Rounds 11-40 beginning at Noon CT Saturday.

Nola is the second-highest drafted player produced by Mainieri in his 32-year collegiate career, behind only Gausman.