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I know about as little about baseball as a sports fan can know...

I'm much more into football and basketball.

I'm aware that I'll seem like a complete idiot, but I'm just wondering:

How good is Aaron Nola? Maybe that's a question like: Is this Peyton Manning guy any good? But like I said, I'm fine with being totally ignorant on this subject.

Is he going to be someone that ends up being an MLB caliber guy, or what?

I swear I'm not trolling. I know next to nothing about baseball, just wanting to get a feel for how special this guy is.

Also, what's the best way to keep up with LSU baseball? Are many of the games televised, or should I stick with Geauxzone to listen to games?

Any other useful bits of info are appreciated. I went to a few Braves games last year, and I really want to get into baseball more.


DollaChoppa
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How good is Aaron Nola?


Well he has a great chance to be a Golden Spikes finalist which is the award for best amateur baseball player.

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ends up being an MLB caliber guy


This is prob impossible to know since its so hard to predict how baseball players will pan out. But I guess he has a chance. Im not a pro scout though.

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what's the best way to keep up with LSU baseball? Are many of the games televised, or should I stick with Geauxzone to listen to games?


Im in North Carolina and dont get CST, but lots of people share streaming links to the games on here since so few of them are nationally televised. Game threads are the best though.


AtlantaLSUfan
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re: I know about as little about baseball as a sports fan can know...
I'm not sure what he's doing that is so elite, but he sure can miss a bat.


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He has the potential to play at an MLB level, when he ca,e in last year he had elite command and a pair of nice off speed pitches, what has set him apart this year is his velocity (fastball) picked up a bit. If he was draft eligible this year he would be in the conversation for top pitcher after Mark Appel at Stanford and Johnathan Gray at OU. I could see him slotting in at or ahead of Sean Manea of Indiana State.


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iknowmorethanyou
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re: I know about as little about baseball as a sports fan can know...
The fact that you know very little about baseball is right in line with 90% of this board.


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The fact that you know very little about baseball is right in line with 90% of this board.


<-------One of the 90% but


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mglsu21
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re: I know about as little about baseball as a sports fan can know...
If he was draft eligible this year then he would be a 1st round pick. Consistently low 90s fastball that occasionally hits 94-95 and very good curve/slider. But what sets him apart from most is his command. Constantly pounding the zone and staying ahead of batters. There is no way of predicting the future, but IMO he is 100% MLB caliber.

Best way to follow out of state is GeauxZone video. They charge like $12-13 a month. But there are only 4 more games on GZ the rest of the year. You should be able to see all of the regional/SR games on TV. Well maybe not because of regional showings but you might be able to catch some.


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He's definitely a first round pick. Oh of the most transferrable skills is K:BB. And he has phenomenal control, that's gonna be his ticket to the bigs.


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dnm3305
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If he stays healthy all the way through next year, he's more than likely a top 10 draft pick. He's got comparable stuff to Gausman who was drafted no.3 (or 4?) overall and has the frame (6'4", 200 lbs?) that GM's look for. So yea, he's pretty good, one of the best pitchers in college baseball.


mylsuhat
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has the frame (6'4", 200 lbs?)


try 6'1 - 185


Tommy Patel
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FightinTiger


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I'm aware that I'll seem like a complete idiot, but I'm just wondering:


welcome , with that statement you have elevated yourself as a leader amongst your peers here on TD.com



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Choupique19
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He's got comparable stuff to Gausman who was drafted no.3 (or 4?) overall


Um, no he doesn't. Gausman consistenly threw his fastball 94-96 mph, and will occasionally run it up there at about 98 mph. Aaron Nola last weekend consistently threw his fastball 88-90 mph according to the radar on the tv. Nola is probably more of a low 90s pitcher, with great control. Gausman could just overpower hitters with his fastball, but what made him a top 4 pick last year was that he developed a great change-up to supplement his fastball.

As stated earlier, you really can't tell how a kid will pan out in pro ball. Those guys in pro baseball are amazing at their ability to turn a single mistake by a pitcher into a 2 run double. The biggest plus for Aaron Nola is that he won't have to take a few years to learn how to pitch at the pro level. He's already got the right mental makeup to be successful. Time will tell if he has good enough "stuff" to make it into MLB.

To be honest, had Aaron not grown up 10 minutes from Alex Box Stadium, and had he not had a brother already at LSU, he would have never stepped foot on a college campus. He would have been a top 10 round draft pick out of high school and would have received a large signing bonus to start his pro career. We, as LSU fans, were very lucky to get Nola to LSU for 3 years.


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I know about as little about baseball as a sports fan can know...


you should fit right in here.


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LsuTool
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But what sets him apart from most is his command.


it's his command plus the movement. Those two aspects of his stuff are off the charts.


LSUTygerFan
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has the frame (6'4", 200 lbs?)


try 6'1 - 185


the mound adds 15 lbs.


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re: I know about as little about baseball as a sports fan can know...
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I'm not sure what he's doing that is so elite, but he sure can miss a bat.


He has had complete control of three very good pitches. He keeps it low and on the corners. Since he can throw any pitch at any time, he doesn't have to throw first pitch fastballs that hitters jump on usually. He has also shown he can keep this consistency up an entire game with 100+ pitches. He's very good.


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mglsu21
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it's his command plus the movement. Those two aspects of his stuff are off the charts.


Exactly. My HS coach used to say that 1 inch of movement is worth 3-4 mph in terms of reaction time.


LSUTygerFan
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My HS coach used to say that 1 inch of movement is worth 3-4 mph in terms of reaction time.



TWSS


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Moustache
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re: I know about as little about baseball as a sports fan can know...
When evaluating an amateur player, you have to look more at tools than production. Production still obviously matters, but tools/talent is what ultimately leads to pro production. You either have it or you don't.

For example, Raph was our best hitter last year if you go by results. When you break it down and look at the tools though, most scouts realize that he doesn't have much of a chance at all to make it in the pros. He doesn't hit for power, has a weak arm, is not a great runner, and doesn't have a position.

On the other hand, Nola does have some tools. He doesn't have the size and velocity that made Gausman a top 5 pick. But his best tool is his command. He pounds the strike zone and keeps his fastball down and doesn't hang his offspeed stuff. His FB is very good for his size. For him to reach his max potential, he needs to sit at 91. If he dips around 87-88 in MLB, then he's fricked, as his breaking stuff isn't good enough to miss pro bats that consistently. But, if he can crank it out at 91 with movement and keep his command good enough to get breaking balls over for strikes I'd say he has the ceiling of a #3/#4 starter for a big league team. His floor of course is not even making the MLB at all, but he's less risky than a HS pick IMO. Overall, I'd say he would go late 1st or compensation round if he were coming out this year.


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re: I know about as little about baseball as a sports fan can know...
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I know next to nothing about baseball


you should make sure to frequent the in-game threads.


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