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PurpleAndGold86
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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.

I will say Nola definitely does not throw as hard as Gausman does, however, that was an off night this past weekend as far as velocity and rightfully so with those conditions. The weekend before Nola was throwing 94 in the ninth inning. He is easily 91-93 and can edefinitely amp it up to 94-95.






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LSUGrad9295
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The fact that you know very little about baseball is right in line with 90% of this board.



True....the difference is, at least he admits it. Many of the 90% have no idea that they no nothing about baseball...






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


try 6'1 - 185
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He's got comparable stuff to Gausman
and he has no where near the velo as Gausman.






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


Yeah, I think it's pretty safe to say that he should be good for at least a few years in the Majors barring injuries.

Others might disagree with me here, but if you look at the most talented LSU pitchers who never panned out in MLB, such as Brett Laxton, Lane Mestepey, etc., most of that had to do with injuries. The same goes with shortened MLB careers, as was the case with Ogea (only 6 years in the Majors), Sirotka (only 6 years in the Majors), Ainsworth (only 4 years in the Majors), etc.

If you are looking for the most talented LSU pitchers who never made it--and who (arguably) weren't derailed due to injury--that list might include Scott Schultz, Lloyd Peever, Patrick Coogan, etc.; but I think it's pretty clear that Aaron Nola has more pro talent than they did. And even pitchers like Greene, Keisler, Youman, & Yarnell, made it to the Majors for at least a little while.

Of course this is assuming that Gausman & Ranaudo make it to the Majors for a few years as well, but I think they well. How pitchers pan out in the Majors once they're there is very hard to predict, but I really do think Aaron will at least get a few years in MLB to show whether he can make a decent and productive career out of it. Now whether that means he will ever reach 30, 40, or 50 MLB wins or not, who knows, right?

For an interesting article, see John Sickels's " Louisiana State University Pitchers in Pro Baseball, 1990-2010."

See also where I showed the breakdown of pitchers on the 2012 Major League All-Star roster ( LINK), where 4 were foreign, 10 were straight from U.S. HS, and 14 played college ball in the U.S.

See also my post in the other thread about how those 5 pitchers from the 1989 team produced 320 MLB total wins, with each getting at least 36.






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mylsuhat
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That comment fit perfectly with the "The fact that you know very little about baseball is right in line with 90% of this board." statement





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LSU GrandDad
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you obviously didn't play baseball. that is, imo, the only way to really understand the nuances of the game. maybe if you have a friend that really understands the game y'all can attend one and your friend can educate you as the game progresses. baseball really is full of complex situations that make it a more cerebral game and it transpires at a relaxing pace. imo, it's the best game there is but i do enjoy football also.





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AstroTiger
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imo, it's the best game there is






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liquid rabbit
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I know about as little about baseball as a sports fan can know

I'm right there with ya buddy. I mostly fake it.






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Doc Fenton
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"I'm right there with ya buddy. I mostly fake it." -- Aaron Fitt





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LSU Groupee
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For him to reach his max potential, he needs to sit at 91.


There are a lot of guys in the bigs who dont sit at 91.







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MountainTiger
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Nola has three good pitches that he can throw for strikes. He has a really good change up (looks to the batter like a fastball but much slower). He has very good command, which means he can throw the ball where he wants to (usually on the edges of the strike zone). He throws a lot of strikes, which means batters have to be aggressive against him and swing early in the count. If they lay off early pitches they'll find themselves down 0-2 in the count and looking at nothing but garbage for the rest of the at bat. That means that Nola gets a lot of quick outs and that keeps his pitch count low.

He certainly has MLB potential and next year if he throws like he has been this year he'll be a first round pick no doubt. Possibly 1st overall. It's hard to predict who will pan out in the bigs but he'll get a chance to play in the minors. If he moves up through the minors then he'll play at the MLB level someday.






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bobbyleewilliams
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I mostly fake it.


Then you do an excellent job of faking it!






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