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sportsfan
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Austin Nola - 10 Top Catchers in MLB
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Nola at #6!! He worked extremely hard and spent a lot of time in the minors, but he is definitely making the most out of his opportunity. And who would have guessed he would end up behind the plate?


cajuntiger1010
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Wasnt he an infielder at LSU??


225Tyga
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Lol Aaron pitches and Austin catches.

Get it?!


CatfishJohn
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What a crazy career arc. Did not see him having this much success in the "show".

His brother was a lock, but he is a surprise.



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sportsfan
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Wasnt he an infielder at LSU??


Yes, a great defensive shortstop while at LSU. He was a solid utility player when he made it to the show before settling in at catcher.


lsufan_26
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Wasnt he an infielder at LSU??

Yeah he played SS. He played just about every position for Seattle in 2019, so it shows just how versatile he is. It also shows his perseverance and willingness to do whatever it takes to play on the big stage because I'm sure he hadn't played catcher consistently since he was in Little League
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nicholastiger
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Catholic Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh!


CatfishJohn
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I'm sure he hadn't played catcher consistently since he was in Little League



Bet he's caught a lot for his brother while training though...

I know they train together according to an article a while back.


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sta4ever
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Hard work pays off. Not many people like Austin anymore. Most people would have quit or gave up but not Austin


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ccox11
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Wasnt he an infielder at LSU??


He was the best defensive shortstop in LSU history-- and it isn't even close. He changed games with his amazing plays and he was ultra consistent on top of it.


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dhTiger24
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re: Austin Nola - 10 Top Catchers in MLB
His main goal was probably to lessen the ridicule at the family dinner table for the rest of his life.


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KamaCausey_LSU
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Talk about a late bloomer. Making your MLB debut at 30 to making a list of top 10 catchers in the MLB the next year.
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SammyTiger
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He was a high level defender at LSU as SS

It’s a little surprising he settled in at Catcher.


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MSG
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I’ve always said this and a lot of people disagree. He made it look effortless


geauxtigers33
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catcher consistently since he was in Little League


I believe it was actually the Marlins that moved him to catcher a few years ago.


sportsfan
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re: Austin Nola - 10 Top Catchers in MLB
I think everyone who follows LSU baseball knew that he had the glove for the big leagues. But I'm honestly shocked at how much his bat has come around in his professional career.


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PenguinPubes
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Happy for him. Known him since grade school and he is one of the hardest workers I know

I can still remember when we thought it was cool to jog or walk off of the field.. not him. That dude ran sprints on and off the field between innings


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I believe it was actually the Marlins that moved him to catcher a few years ago.


It was. I listened to an episode of the podcast Effectively Wild when they had a guy from Mariners organization that was in charge of scouting minor league free agents the year they signed Nola. They had signed a few other guys the same year that made a big league impact as well. Pretty much the best MILB free agent class ever when you consider almost none of them ever make the majors, so to get close to 4 WAR from a class of them it's incredible.

The biggest thing with Nola was his attitude and willingness to learn. The guy said he had every intangible quality you could ever ask for in a guy making a move to catcher. Even he didn't see this type of success coming, but in the same vein he said it's not all that surprising due to his work ethic. (If I'm remembering it correctly)

ETA: Here is a FanGraphs link to the podcast: LINK
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FWW: NOLA from BR

Congrats to him, that was a lot of work on his part, he probably outplayed & passed some high-priced prospects.


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LSUsuperfresh
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He was the best defensive shortstop in LSU history-- and it isn't even close. 


I'm sure you soured on Bregman after college but Nola was not indisputably better defensively than Breg. Breg was in the SC Top 10 more than once in a season and was great at a routine level as well


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