On fast track, top pick Nola elevated to Double-A

Righty, the No. 7 overall selection in Draft, had 3.16 ERA at Class A

On fast track, top pick Nola elevated to Double-A

WASHINGTON -- The Phillies promoted Aaron Nola, their first-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft, to Double-A Reading on Saturday after the former LSU right-hander compiled a 3.16 ERA in seven appearances, six of them starts, for Class A Advanced Clearwater.

The Phillies selected Nola with the No. 7 overall pick in June's Draft. He went 11-1 with a 1.47 ERA in 16 starts for the Tigers this past spring. He is ranked as the Phillies' No. 2 prospect by MLB.com.

"He's just showed a good power arm, a real good fastball," Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg said. "It's a quick move for him, but he was ready for it."

Between the college season and his short stint in Class A, Nola -- who will make his first start for the Fightin Phils on Wednesday -- has thrown 149 2/3 innings. However, Sandberg said the organization isn't concerned about the large workload because Nola hasn't shown any signs of fatigue or injury.

"If anything, he's experienced a lot," Sandberg said.

Sandberg said he wouldn't be surprised if Nola arrived at Spring Training next season and competed for a spot in the big league rotation, which ranked in the bottom third of the Majors in ERA through July.

"He was supposed to be a guy on a fast track from right when he was signed," Sandberg said.

Daniel Popper is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.