Nola to start Monday for Clearwater

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Phillies newly-drafted pitcher Aaron Nola. (Matt Slocum/AP)

ST. LOUIS -- Righthander Aaron Nola, the Phillies first round draft choice from LSU, will make his professional debut on Monday night for advanced Single-A Clearwater.

Phillies radio announcer Jim Jackson tweeted the news after interviewing Phillies director of player development Joe Jordan on their pre-game show.

When contacted, Jordan told The Inquirer that Nola would be starting in Monday’s 6:30 p.m. game at Lakeland.

Nola was the No. 7 overall pick in MLB’s First-Year Player Draft.

He was signed for a slot deal $3.3 million and there was some conjecture that he might even start at Double-A Reading.

This season Nola was 11-1 with a 1.47 ERA. He struck out 134 and walked 27 in 116 innings.

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If Nola fares well at Clearwater it wouldn’t be out of the question for him to pitch late this season at Double-A Reading.

Clearwater, which is just 19-52, is suddenly a destination with many of the Phillies top prospects.

Shortstop J.P. Crawford, The Inquirer’s No. 2 prospect, was promoted from Lakewood to Clearwater on Wednesday. Crawford had his first hits for the Threshers on Saturday, going 2 for 4 with a double during a 5-4 win over Lakeland.

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