Austin Kyle Nola...graduated from Louisiana State University...was a Second Team All-SEC selection after sophomore season in 2010, as well as the SEC Tournament Most Valuable Player and SEC All-Tournament Team selection...hit .438 (7x16) in four games during 2010 SEC Tournament, with three doubles, a triple and four RBI...was twice named to the SEC Community Service Team, and was two-time member of SEC Academic Honor Roll as sports administration major...received Wally Pontiff Award as LSU's top scholar-athlete in 2012...attended Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana...was 2008 Gatorade State Player of the Year...older brother of Phillies' pitcher Aaron Nola.
In first season as catcher, split time between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans...Began campaign as Jumbo Shrimp's primary catcher, batting .250 (42x168) with seven doubles, two home runs, and 25 RBI over 54 games...Hit just .158 (9x57) in 16 April games. Over final 38 games with Jacksonville, hit .297 (33x111), including a .315 mark (17x54) in June...Tallied three hits on June 3 at Pensacola, finishing 3x4 with a double and one RBI. Equaled hit total on June 10 at Biloxi, going 3x4 with two runs scored, a double, and one RBI... Drove in four runs on June 11 at Biloxi to mark season-high...Promoted to New Orleans on June 30 and finished season with Baby Cakes, appearing in 29 games with a .202 average (18x89), four doubles, one home run and six RBI...Recorded season-high four hits on August 29 at Oklahoma City, finishing 4x5 with a double and an RBI.
Played entire season with Triple-A New Orleans, hitting career-high six home runs with career-high .261 (97x372) batting average...Tied career high (second time) with four RBI on May 11 vs. Colorado Springs, going 3x4 with a double...Batted .310 (26x84) with seven doubles, a home run and 11 RBI after August 1, covering final 26 games...Matched career high with four hits (4x5), with a double and two runs scored, on August 15 at Las Vegas...Finished year on season-best seven-game hitting streak (.435/10x23), with three doubles, a home run, and five RBI...Primarily played second base (56 games) while also spending time at shortstop (32) and third base (22)...Following the season, played eight games for Mesa Solar Sox in Arizona Fall League, batting .273 (6x22) with a double, two RBI and five runs scored while beginning conversion from infielder to catcher...Received the AFL Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award as player who best exemplified unselfishness, hard work, and leadership.
Split 2015 season between Double-A Jacksonville (69 games) and Triple-A New Orleans (61)...Was batting just .211 with Suns through June 27, when he was promoted to NOLA...Opened stint with Zephyrs with 3x4 effort on June 14 vs. Omaha, and proceeded to bat .330 (33x100) in 27 games in July...Tied career high with four hits on July 4 vs. Iowa...With Jacksonville, batted .206 against right-handed pitching, compared to .306 with NOLA...Most frequent spot in lineup with NOLA was first and seventh; batted .288 as leadoff hitter and .341 in seven spot.
Spent entire 2014 season with Double-A Jacksonville, where he tied for Southern League lead in walks (77), ranked second in games played (134) and third in at-bats (499)...Recorded career-high three doubles May 15 at Pensacola...Hit .514 (18x35) with seven runs, seven doubles, two triples, one home run and seven RBI during eight-game hitting streak from May 15-23...Set career high with four hits May 22 vs. Jackson; matched high on August 1 at Huntsville...Had career-long 17-game hitting streak from June 15-July 5 (.413/31x75, 13 r, 4 2b, 2 3b, 9 rbi)...Streak tied Patrick Kivlehan of Jackson for third-longest of season in Southern League, behind a 26-game streak for Rangel Ravelo (Birmingham) and an 18-game streak for Corey..Hit .319 (29x91) in June, with 17 runs, two doubles, one triple, 11 RBI and 18 walks...In Southern League Championship Series victory, went 3x9 with five runs, two RBI and six walks in three games as leadoff hitter.
Spent entire season with Single-A Jupiter...Had season-long hitting streak of six games from June 4-10...Batted .440 (11x25) during streak, with three doubles and two RBI...Recorded a .287 (45x157) average against left-handed pitchers, compared to .199 (47x256) against right-handers...Batting average with runners in scoring position was .274 (31x113)...Turned in a .263 (55x209) average prior to All-Star break; fell to .203 (41x204) in second half of season...Committed two errors on final day of season, snapping a season-long streak of 26 games without a miscue.