A coach who played an integral role in the development of Phillies first-round draft choice Aaron Nola gave the righthanded pitcher and No. 7 overall selection from LSU the highest of praise.
"They really got a special pitcher," Alan Dunn, the pitching coach for LSU, said Friday in a phone interview. "Not only a special pitcher but tremendous young man. So when you combine the two, you really have what a first-round pitcher is all about."
Dunn has worked extensively at the professional level, including a stint from 2007-10 as the Baltimore Orioles bullpen coach.
"Aaron's biggest asset is his ability to command the strike zone with three pitches," Dunn said.