Aaron Michael Nola (pronounced NOH-luh)… 2011 graduate of Catholic High School (LA)… Named Class 5A State Player of the Year and voted "Mr. Baseball" for the state of Louisiana during his senior season… Attended Louisiana State University… Honored as the 2014 National Pitcher of the Year by the College Baseball Foundation… In 2014 was a Golden Spikes Award finalist, named First-Team All-American, SEC Pitcher of the Year and First-Team All-SEC… Older brother Austin is an infielder/catcher in SEA's organization… Serves as the ambassador for the Phans Feeding Families campaign, a ballpark-wide initiative with Citizens Bank and the Phillies to raise money and collect food for Philabundance… Has also made $15,000 in contributions to Philabundance… Active with the ALS Association by supporting Philadelphia and Baton Rouge Chapter events… Supports Philadelphia Futures' high school mentoring program by hosting the annual Get in the Game Celebrity Bowling Tournament… Participates in Shred Hate initiative to end bullying in Philadelphia schools… Hobbies: Hunting and fishing… Signed by: Mike Stauffer.
Among NL starters, was T-1st in starts (34), 4th in IP (202.1) and T-7th in SO (229)...His 229 strikeouts were a career high, 7th-most ever by a Phillies RHP and 14th-highest ever by any Phillie in a season...Became just the ninth Phillie (and the youngest of them at age 26) to have multiple 200-strikeout seasons in his career...Has two of the four 200-strikeout seasons by Phillies age 26 or younger since 1912, joining Cole Hamels in 2010 and Brett Myers in 2005...Secured two of the top 10 highest strikeout totals ever by a Phillies RHP, and is just the fourth different pitcher on the list (Curt Schilling, Jim Bunning, Grover Cleveland Alexander)...Was a finalist for the Rawlings Gold Glove Award...Made his second career and second consecutive Opening Day start...At 25 years, 297 days, became the youngest Phillie to make consecutive Opening Day starts since 1963 (Art Mahaffey) and only the ninth pitcher who began his career with the Phillies to make consecutive Opening Day starts...Joined Roy Halladay (2012), Schilling (1997-98), Steve Carlton (1984) and Earle Moore (1911) as the only Phillies to allow two or fewer hits and one or no runs on Opening Day since at least 1908...Had a franchise-record 34 straight starts allowing four runs or fewer end on 4/3 at WSH...Made his 100th career start on 5/1 vs DET, becoming just the 58th pitcher to make 100 career starts for PHI...His 635 strikeouts were most among Phillies in their first 100 career starts and 3rd among any pitcher in his first 100 starts with the Phillies, trailing Cliff Lee (687) and Steve Carlton (647)..His 3.46 ERA through 100 starts was 4th among Phillies since 1912, when earned runs became an official NL stat, trailing Eppa Rixey (2.56), Erskine Mayer (2.79) and Robin Roberts (3.33)...Tied a career-high 12 strikeouts on 5/18 vs COL, doing so in 6.0 IP...His six-game win streak to start the season tied a career best and he was the first Phillie to start his season 6-0 since 2001 (Omar Daal)...Became the eighth Phillie in team history to have 10 or more career games with 10 or more strikeouts on 6/21 vs MIA...Carried a no-hitter through 5.0 IP on 6/27 vs NYM and became the first Phillie with consecutive 10-strikeout games since 2015 (Jerad Eickhoff)...Had a 22.0-inning scoreless streak, 6/21-7/7, the longest by a Phillie since he himself had a career-long 23.0-inning streak in 2016...Posted a 2.21 ERA (23 ER, 93.2 IP) over 14 starts, 6/21-8/30, and a 1.91 mark (13 ER, 61.1 IP) in 9 starts, 6/21-8/3...Recorded his 750th career strikeout on 7/28 vs ATL, becoming one of 13 Phillies to ever reach the mark and doing so faster than any other (704.0 IP)...Struck out his 200th batter of the season, 9/4 at CIN...Went 2-0 with a 1.60 ERA (6 ER, 33.2 IP), 39 SO, 1 HR and held opponents to a .186/.267/.271 slash line in five interleague starts...Had a 2.91 ERA (38 ER, 117.1 IP) in 19 starts at home.
Finished 3rd in NL Cy Young Award voting, behind only Jacob deGrom and Max Scherzer...Among all ML starters, ranked 1st in bWAR (10.5), 4th in ERA (2.37), T-4th in starts (33) & quality starts (25), 5th in IP (212.1) & OPP OPS (.570), 6th in OPP SLG % (.311), 7th
in WHIP (0.97), T-7th in wins (17), 8th in SO (224), OPP AVG (.197) & HR/9.0 IP (0.72), 9th in pitches/IP (15.1) and T-10th in win % (.739)... Among all single-season performances by a Phillies pitcher, ranked 2nd in OPP AVG, 3rd in OPP OPS, 5th in WHIP, T-6th in quality starts, 14th in SO and T-14th in ERA...Finished 2nd in the NL in ERA behind Jacob deGrom...Named to his first career NL All-Star team, becoming the first Phillies starter to be named to the team since 2013 (Cliff Lee)...His 224 strikeouts were second-most ever by a Phillies pitcher age 25 or younger, trailing Grover Cleveland Alexander's 227 in 1911... Joined Steve Carlton (4 times), Curt Schilling (3 times), Jim Bunning (2 times), Lee and Chris Short as the only Phillies with 6 double-digit strikeout games in a season since the current mound distance was established in 1893...Became the fourth Phillies RHP (and seventh pitcher overall) to accrue 224 strikeouts in a season, joining Bunning (3 times), Alexander (2 times) and Schilling (2 times)...Was one of two Phillies pitchers to ever strike out at least
200 batters and hold opponents to a .200 AVG or lower (Alexander, 1915)...Joined Roy Halladay (2.35 in 2010) as the only qualifying
Phillies pitchers since 1993 with an ERA under 2.40...His bWAR of 10.5 was the most by any pitcher in baseball since 2002 (Randy Johnson, 10.7), most by a Phillies pitcher since 1972 (Steve Carlton, 12.1) and T-7th-highest ever by a Phillies pitcher...Joined Walter Johnson (1910, 1912-13), Dwight Gooden (1985) and Hal Newhouser (1945) as the only pitchers in baseball with a 10.5 or higher bWAR in their age 25 or younger season (age on 6/30) in the modern era (since 1900)... Allowed 4 or fewer hits in 19 of his starts, most by a Phillies pitcher in a season since 1893...Made his first career Opening Day start on 3/29 at ATL at 24 years, 298 days old, becoming the club's youngest Opening Day starter since Dennis Bennett in 1964 (24 years, 192 days old)... Had a 14.1-inning scoreless streak, 4/27-5/8.. Struck out a career-high 12 batters on 5/8 vs SF...Allowed one run in 6 straight home starts, 5/8-7/4... Allowed 3 earned runs or fewer in 13 straight starts, 9/7/17-5/13/18... Won each of his first 5 home starts, something no Phillie had done since 2010 (Roy Oswalt)... Carried a no-hitter through 6.2 innings, 5/26 vs TOR, the longest no-hit bid of his career; retired 18 straight at one point and struck out 10...Posted a 1.80 ERA (8 ER, 40.0 IP) with 46 SO and a 0.90 WHIP in May...Became the first Phillies pitcher age 25 or younger to have multiple starts in a season with 10+ strikeouts and no walks... Had a 40.0-inning streak without allowing a home run, 6/17-7/24; allowed only 8 home runs in his first 22 starts of the season (176.0 IP)...Had a 2.18 ERA and 0.932 WHIP by the end of May, becoming the third Phillie that low in both categories since the NL began recording ER in 1912 (min. 10 starts)...Became one of just seven Phillies in the last 20 seasons (since 1999) with 10 wins before 7/1...Reached 500 career strikeouts in 480.0 IP, becoming the fastest Phillie to that mark both among pitchers who started their career with the Phillies and any pitcher to strike out 500 in a Phillies uniform...Joined Steve Carlton (2.14 ERA, 155 SO in 1980) as the only Phillies pitchers with an ERA of 2.30 or lower and 130 or more strikeouts by the All-Star break, and was the fifth Phillie to win 12 games or more by the break...Was the youngest Phillies starting pitcher to be selected as an All-Star since Cole Hamels in 2007 (23 years old)... His 2.236 ERA through his first 25 starts was the lowest ERA by a Phillie through 25 starts since 1964 (Chris Short, 1.97)... Went 3-0, 1.06 ERA (4 ER, 34.0 IP) and 35 SO in August, posting the 3rd-best ERA in MLB that month...Had a 17.0-inning scoreless streak, 8/17-28... Won his first 9 home decisions, joining Tommy Greene (10, 1993) as the only Phillies starters to do so since at least 1908, and becoming one of four ML pitchers to do since 2014: Zack Greinke (2017), Rick Porcello (2016), Dallas Keuchel (2015)... His 17 straight home starts allowing 3 or fewer runs (8/28/17-8/28/18) was the second-longest streak in Phillies history since 1893 (longest: 19, Jim Bunning)... Posted a 1.50 ERA (8 ER, 48.0 IP) over his final 7 road starts (7/9-end of season), the lowest mark in baseball in that stretch l In his final start of the season, set a Phillies franchise record (since 1908) with his 37th consecutive start allowing 4 runs or fewer... His 224 strikeouts were most by a Phillie since Cliff Lee had 238 in 2011 and his 17 wins were tied for the most by a Phillie since Halladay won 19 in 2011... In 18 starts following a Phillies loss, went 10-3 with a 2.17 ERA (28 ER, 116.1 IP)...Posted a 2.14 ERA (29 ER, 122.0 IP) in 19 starts against the NL East Held LHH to a .187 AVG (70-375), the lowest mark among all ML pitchers and lowest by a Phillies pitcher since the data began to be tracked in 1974...Joined Jeremy Hellickson (2016) as the only Phillies since 1989 with 19 starts against the NL East; Tom Glavine (2002) was previously the last major leaguer to do so.
Ranked 8th among NL starters in SO/9.0 IP (9.86), 9th in SO rate (26.6%) & 1st pitch strike % (64.4%) and 10th in SO/BB (3.71)... Had the most SO ever by a Phillies pitcher who made fewer than 30 starts in a season... Did not allow a HR until the third inning of his third start, capping a 31.0-inning homerless streak over parts of 7 games, 7/2/16-4/20/17... Was on the 10-day DL with a lower back strain, 4/24 (retro to 4/21) to 5/20; made 2 rehab starts for Lehigh Valley (AAA)... His 17.0-inning scoreless streak, 6/27-7/8, was the longest by a Phillies starter in 2017... Allowed 2 or fewer ER and struck out 7 or more in 7 straight starts, 6/22-7/26, becoming the only Phillies pitcher to do so since ER began to be recorded in 1912... Had his first career 10-SO game, 7/26 vs HOU... Had 10 straight starts with 2 or fewer runs allowed (6/22-8/12), the longest such streak by a Phillie since the current mound distance was established in 1893... Went 6-2 with a 1.71 ERA (13 ER, 68.1 IP), 1.00 WHIP (19 BB, 49 H), 78 SO and .196 OPP AVG in 10 starts, 6/22-8/12... Did not allow a home run in 27.0 consecutive innings in parts of 5 starts, 7/21-8/12... Went 3-1 with a 1.32 ERA (5 ER, 34.0 IP) and 43 SO in 5 July starts, his lowest ERA in any month of his career; ranked third among ML starters in ERA in July behind Clayton Kershaw (0.47) and Chris Sale (1.04)... Struck out a career-high 11 batters, 9/13 vs MIA... Averaged 9.86 SO/9.0 IP (184 SO, 168.0 IP), becoming the 2nd qualifying Phillie with a SO/9.0 IP that high (other: Curt Schilling, 11.29 in 1997 and 10.05 in 1998)... His 2.98 home ERA (31 ER, 93.2 IP) was 7th-best among NL starters and was the 5th-lowest home ERA in a season by a Phillies starter in the history of Citizens Bank Park, trailing only Cliff Lee (1.94 in 2011), Roy Halladay (2.21 in 2010 & 2.48 in 2011) and Cole Hamels (2.64 in 2011)... Led team and set career highs in ERA (3.54), wins (12), starts (27), innings (168.0) and SO (184)... Allowed 2 ER or fewer in 18 of his 27 starts and struck out at least 8 batters in 11 starts.
Made his 1st career Opening Day roster...Posted a 2.65 ERA and 0.99 WHIP over his first 12 starts, 4/6-6/5...His 0.85 WHIP was the lowest of any Phillies starting pitcher through their first 7 starts of a season since 1998 (Curt Schilling, 0.84)...Had a career-best 23.0-inning scoreless streak, 4/22-5/8, tied for the longest in the NL...Had 9 consecutive quality starts, 4/22-6/5, the longest streak by a Phillie since Cole Hamels had 10 straight in 2013...In 6 starts against NL Central teams, went 4-1, 2.13 ERA (9 ER, 38.0 IP)...Through his first 25 career starts, posted a 3.12 ERA (54 ER, 155.2 IP), 1.09 WHIP and held opposing hitters to a .232 AVG...Was placed on the 15-day DL on 8/3 (retro to 7/29) with a right elbow strain; was transferred to the 60-day DL on 8/17 and missed the remainder of the season
Began the season with Reading (AA)...Went 7-2, 1.50 ERA (12 ER, 72.0 IP) over his final 11 starts for Reading, 4/17-6/13...Named Phillies Minor League Pitcher of the Week, 5/4-10, and Pitcher of the Month for May (4-1, 1.35 ERA, 6 ER, 40.0 IP, 32 SO, 5 BB)...Promoted to Lehigh Valley (AAA) on 6/15...Won each of his first three starts while posting a 1.53 ERA (3 ER, 17.2 IP) over that stretch...Selected for the U.S. Team at the All-Star Futures Game at Great American Ball Park, but did not pitch...Had his contract selected and made his ML debut, 7/21 vs TB (L, 6.0 IP, 5 H, R, ER, HR, BB, 6 SO)...Was the first player drafted by Philadelphia to make his ML debut the very next season since Pat Combs in 1989...Had a 13.0-inning scoreless streak, 8/18-28, the longest by a Phillies rookie since 2011 (Vance Worley, 14.0 IP)...Pitched 8.0 scoreless innings, 8/23 at MIA...In seven starts against NL East teams, went 3-1, 3.29 ERA...The Phillies won 7 of his first 10 starts and overall went 7-6 in the 13 games he started
Began his pro career with Clearwater (A)...Held opponents to just four hits in 33 AB with runners on base (.121 AVG)...Went 2-2, 2.25 ERA (7 ER, 28.0 IP) over his final six games after he allowed 4 ER in 2.1 IP in his professional debut...Did not allow a walk in 19.0 consecutive innings, 7/1-19...Allowed just one hit over 5.0 scoreless innings in his first pro win, 7/6 at Brevard County...Promoted to Reading on 8/4...Earned the win in his double-A debut, 8/6 vs Harrisburg (5.0 IP, ER, BB, 4 SO)...Following the season, was named the second-best prospect in the Phillies Minor League system by Baseball America...Participated in Florida Instructional League