Austin Nola became the second LSU Tigers selected in this years MLB draft as the Miami Marlins selected him in the fifth round. Overall he was the 167 player selected and the 18th shortstop picked.
What the Marlins are getting is one of the best defensive shortstops in college baseball. He has great range and his arm is good enough to play multiple fielding position. Nola has a .979 fielding percentage on 240 fielding chances and has turned 21 double-plays.
During the later part of the season we looked at how well Nola play was compared to the last 15-years of shortstops and at the time we ranked him only behind Aaron Hill. The biggest difference was the lack of offensive production from Nola, who struggled to maintain a .300 batting average and usually hit in the bottom half of the lineup.
Almost immediately after the article ran, Nola became the lead off hitter and his numbers instantly improved. On the season here are Nola’s offensive numbers.
His numbers good, but not great. But when you take into account his defensive ability, it is easy to see why this is a great get for the Marlins. Now if Nola can help Miami out with those uniforms.