No. 5: Aaron Nola
Some might argue this is high on the list for Nola, but he is clearly the fifth-most talented pitcher the Phillies have had over the last 10 seasons.
After an injury derailed his 2016 campaign, many questioned whether or not Nola would have his same stuff that he did coming out of LSU, but he showed even better stuff upon returning in 2017. In the month of July, Nola was 3-1 with an ERA just over one in his five starts. He proved that he will be the ace of the Phillies staff going forward.
Nola developed a deadly changeup to go along with his wipeout curveball, and he also saw an uptick in velocity with his four-seam fastball reaching 95 mph and his excellent back-door two-seamer averaging around 92 mph.
Nola has shown ace stuff throughout his first two and a half seasons in the big leagues, and that’s why he is where he is on our list.
Next up we get into the first of the “Four Aces.”