Phillies top 25 under 25: Ranking the team’s best young players
By John Town
No. 1: RHP Aaron Nola
While Sanchez has been the best thing about the minors, Nola has easily been the best thing in the majors this year. The righty’s 3.02 ERA would be good for firth in the National League if he qualified – he has toed the line for qualifying after missing a month earlier this year – and his 4.0 bWAR is sixth among NL pitchers. In his last ten starts, he hasn’t given up more than two runs in any one start as he has a 1.71 ERA (40 ERA-), 2.64 FIP (60 FIP-), 29 percent strikeout rate, and 1.00 WHIP. There’s a chance Nola could garner some Cy Young votes this year, and he has shown he can be the frontline starter this team so desperately needs.
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