Just a few interesting notes on Austin Nola(SS) for the Greensboro Grasshoppers, in from the June MLB Draft and he saw his old Cape Cod League teammate from the Summer of 2010, at the game on Monday night….Greensboro’s Clint Moore(Grimsley HS) was at the game(at NewBridge Bank Park) and Clint was with the San Diego Padres Class A Eugene, Orgeon Emeralds last summer and now he is completing his military service to his country, after graduating from the United States Military Academy, at West Point, New York….Good to hear that Clint Moore was back in town…..
Austin Nola’s college teammate was Tyler Hanover from North Davidson High School and someone asked me the other day, “how does a kid from a Davidson County high school, end up in college down in Louisiana?”……Had to be the college showcases and the Wooden Bat Tournaments down in East Cobb, Georgia……Hanover also played in the Cape Cod League if memory serves me correctly…..
More interesting connections for the Hoppers Autin Nola(LSU)…..His college coach, Paul Mainieri, will throw out the first pitch and they will give away the ‘Paul Mainieri Bobblehead’, at the New Orleans Zephyrs game on Saturday night….New Orleans is the Triple A farm team for the Miami Marlins and Greensboro is the Low Class A team for Miami…..Nola’s coach will be honored at possibly his future team’s game on Saturday….
And if Nola ends up in New Orleans in a couple of years and who knows, he might go to Double A Jacksonville and bypass New Orleans altogether and then go right on down to Miami….But you just never know how it will work out and if he ends up in New Orleans, he will be one of the few players that we have seen over the years, to not only have his name on the back of his uniform, but he would have it on the front too…..New Orleans has those uniforms that show NOLA, as in New Orleans Louisiana, on the front of the top/jersey….
How many times have you seen a player have his name, first or last, across the front of his jersey???….This could happen and we will have to wait and see and it will be interesting for Austin Nola along the way and he has quite a few connections working already………