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Nick Shlain

Nick Shlain

Nick analyzes prospects for RotoWire and focuses on the Midwest League during the season.

Last week at the tail end of my column I mentioned a few 2014 draftees and left out former LSU right-hander Aaron Nola. Guess which draftee I got the most Twitter questions about? Anyway, don't worry, I like Nola a ton. College stats don't mean anything, but this year he struck out 134 and walked 27 in 116 with a 1.47 ERA.

Judging by the way the Phillies are talking it's a good bet that Nola will be the first non-reliever to debut in the majors from this draft class. The Phillies like Nola's ability to repeat his delivery and throw any of his pitches (fastball, curveball, change-up) in any count. It seems like the plan is for Nola to begin his professional career in the Florida State League this year and advance to Double-A in 2015, but the organization hasn't ruled out Double-A for him this year. Hold onto your hats, he'll be pitching in the majors before w

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