Aaron Nola (RHP), LSU
6'1" | 196 lbs
2014 stats (may be incomplete): 16 GS, 116.1 IP, 1.47 ERA, 69 H, 27 BB, 134 K, 4 HR
"(Nola) would be a fast-moving righthanded complement to ace Chris Sale." (Baseball America)
"He's not your prototypical tall and projectable type starter, but what he might lack in size he makes up for in stuff. His fastball sits in the low 90's with a ton of movement. He complements that with an outstanding changeup and a breaking ball that has a chance to be above average as well." (MLB.com)
"His fastball-curveball combo is above average to plus with a usable changeup and good feel but his low three-quarters slot and 6'1 frame will dampen his draft stock." (Scout.com)
Fit for Cubs: The indication is the Cubs will pass on Nola if he's available at No. 4, instead targeting pitchers Carlos Rodon and Brady Aiken or a position player.
Fit for White Sox: Nola is a realistic option for the White Sox at No. 3, especially if Aiken and Rodon land with Houston and Miami. The White Sox need pitching, and Nola would be the best college pitcher available and is someone who's drawn loose comparisons to Cardinals righty Michael Wacha for how quickly he could reach the majors. It's worth noting the White Sox haven't drafted a high school pitcher with their first round pick since 2001, so if that trend continues and they pass on Tyler Kolek, Nola could very well be the guy.