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AUDIO: Former Cougar Chris Nichols talks about going pro and getting his degree

Former USF P Chris Nichols. Photo Courtesy of USF
Former USF P Chris Nichols. Photo Courtesy of USF
Former USF Cougar Chris Nich... (Download MP3)

Sioux Falls, SD (KWSN) - It would be easy to say that Chris Nichols' life has always revolved around baseball. The son of former major league pitcher and current Philadelphia Phillies bullpen coach Rod Nichols, Nichols grew up around the game.

Last May his father called to inform him that the Phillies were drafting him in the 31st round (968th overall) of the 2012 MLB Draft, and signed with the Phillies on June 15.

After making seven appearances in rookie ball with the GCL Phillies, Nichols finished the summer by getting his first taste of minor league baseball at the Short-Season A level and low A level. He pitched for the Williamsport Crosscutters, posting a 3-0 record and 3.54 earned run average in 20.1 innings pitched.

In late July, Nichols was promoted to the Lakewood BlueClaws, the Phillies' low Class-A affiliate. He posted an ERA of 3.00 with a nifty 4.00 GO/AO in three appearances with the BlueClaws.

He joined Sports Talk with Craig and Chris Thursday and discussed playing professional baseball, and pursuing his degree at the University of Sioux Falls.

He's a Business Administration major and English/Management science double minor who boasted a 3.75 GPA after his junior year.

Courtesy: Stephanie Pendrys