Nola to pitch Wednesday for Reading

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

WASHINGTON -- As expected, Phillies first round pick Aaron Nola, the righthander from LSU, is moving up another level in the minor league system. Nola is going to be promoted from advanced Single-A Clearwater to Double-A Reading and will start there on Wednesday at home against Harrisburg.

In seven appearances, including six starts for the Threshers, he went 2-3 with a 3.16 ERA. Nola had 30 strikeouts and allowed five walks in 31 1/3 innings.

The No. 7 overall selection in June’s draft, Nola threw 116 1/3 innings for LSU and the Phillies are conscious of his work load.

He never pitched more than five innings in a game for the Threshers.

“I want to see how he can handle that level and there is a good chance he starts there next year,” said Joe Jordan, the Phillies director of player development in a phone interview. “He still has innings to get in August to build him up to 2015 and he has earned this challenge.”