Shortly after Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig announced the Phillies had chosen Aaron Nola with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2014 draft, dance music could be heard pulsing through the walls of the media conference room at Citizens Bank Park.

Oh, the Diamond Club area had been rented out for a high school prom, but it very easily could have been the Phillies’ executives celebrating a successful first-round pick in the draft.

Nola, a 6-foot-1 right-handed pitcher from LSU, is the first college pitcher taken by the Phillies in the first round since they took Joe Savery out of Rice University with the No. 19 pick in 2007. But that’s about where the comparisons end between the last two college pitchers drafted by the Phillies.

As the No. 7 pick, the scouting reports are unanimous in predicting Nola, 21, will be the first player out of the 2014 draft to make it to the big leagues. Given the Phillies’ success rate with high draft picks in the last decade (see the ugly details here), the decision to take a seasoned college player is a shift in strategy.

Nola should be ready quickly, scouting director Marti Wolever said.

“There is something to say about having now stuff and that’s what Aaron Nola has,” Wolever said. “Aaron Nola has now stuff. We don’t really have to project a lot because it’s already here.”

Nola’s best pitch is his fastball, Wolever said. It’s a pitch that ranges from 91 to 97-mph though it normally sits at 94-mph. Nola’s fastball has a natural sink, Wolever said, and his command of the pitch is what makes it special. Though he throws a curve and a changeup that also are slightly better than average, the fastball and his command make it top-quality pitch.