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Ricky Nolasco | Starting Pitcher | #47

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (33) / 12/13/1982
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 215
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2001 / Rd. 4 (0) / CHC
Contract: view contract details

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Ricky Nolasco struck out nine while allowing four runs over 7 1/3 innings in Tuesday's no-decision against the Indians.
Nolasco left in line for his second win, but de facto closer Kevin Jepsen suffered his third blown save to stick Nolasco with a no-decision. The 33-year-old has quietly been pretty good this season, posting a 3.25 ERA, 0.90 WHIP and 24/3 K/BB ratio over 27 2/3 innings. This is certainly what the Twins had in mind when they signed him before the 2014 season. He'll look to keep rolling Monday at the Astros. Apr 26 - 11:06 PM

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Ricky Nolasco picked up his first win of the season by limiting the Brewers to one run in 6 1/3 innings on Thursday.

He struck out seven and walked one. The Twins would have had Nolasco open the season in the pen had Tyler Duffey pitched better this spring, but they're happy with the way things have worked out; Nolasco has a 2.67 ERA after three starts.
Apr 21 - 5:14 PM

Ricky Nolasco spanned seven innings Saturday against Angels, allowing four runs and nine hits with two walks and three strikeouts in a no-decision.

Nolasco scuffled through a brutal second inning (four runs, five hits, one walk) but settled down after that by throwing zeros in his last five frames. The 33-year-old has gone seven innings in both of his starts this year. His next test will come Thursday against Milwaukee.
Apr 16 - 5:29 PM

Ricky Nolasco tossed seven innings of one-run ball Sunday in a no-decision against the Royals.

It was a terrific 2016 debut for the 33-year-old right-hander, who yielded just three hits and walked none while whiffing five. The only major blemish was a solo shot by Mike Moustakas in the bottom of the sixth inning. Nolasco deserved the victory, but Twins closer Glen Perkins blew the save in the bottom of the ninth and Trevor May gave the host Royals a 10th-inning walkoff win. Nolasco gets the Angels at home next.
Apr 10 - 5:43 PM

Ricky Nolasco gave up four homers and five runs in four innings Saturday against the Nationals.

Well, it's too late to yank him out of the rotation now. Nolasco hadn't allowed a homer in 13 1/3 innings this spring entering the day. The ball was traveling well in D.C., and it might be fair to discount one or two of the homers. Still, this is why he doesn't come recommended in AL-only leagues.
Apr 2 - 4:01 PM

Ricky Nolasco will begin the season in the Twins' starting rotation.

The Twins made it official after sending right-hander Tyler Duffey to Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday morning. Nolasco posted a 4.05 ERA and 14/5 K/BB ratio over 13 1/3 innings this spring, though he didn't exactly face the toughest competition along the way. The 33-year-old was a big disappointment during his first season with the Twins and was limited to just nine appearances (eight starts) last year due to elbow and ankle injuries. It's probably just a matter of time before Duffey and Jose Berrios are in the major league rotation, so we're not expecting much here.
Mar 29 - 10:40 AM

Facing a Rays lineup comprised entirely of minor leaguers, Ricky Nolasco pitched six scoreless innings and struck out seven on Wednesday.

The Rays brought pretty much their entire roster to Cuba for Tuesday's game, so Nolasco was essentially facing off against the Durham Bulls today. It was still a good day for him, especially since Tyler Duffey, pitching in an actual minor league game, struggled in his outing. It's beginning to look like Tommy Milone and Nolasco will round out Minnesota's rotation, with Duffey returning to Triple-A.
Mar 23 - 4:52 PM

Ricky Nolasco surrendered three runs and four hits in three innings Sunday against the Orioles.

He walked two and struck out two. Nolasco needs to do better than this if he's going to beat out Tommy Milone or Tyler Duffey for a spot in Minnesota's rotation. As is, he has a 7.36 ERA through three starts.
Mar 13 - 5:02 PM

Ricky Nolasco struck out four in three scoreless innings against the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Nolasco appears to be battling Tommy Milone for one spot in Minnesota's rotation, and he had already gotten off on the wrong foot by giving up three runs in 1 1/3 innings his first time out. He needed this one in order to avoid digging himself too much of a hole.
Mar 8 - 4:38 PM's Rhett Bollinger writes that Tommy Milone and Ricky Nolasco have a "leg up" for the final two spots in the Twins' rotation.

Kyle Gibson, Ervin Santana and Phil Hughes are locked into the first three spots. Tyler Duffey was terrific down the stretch last season for Minnesota, but he could have to really out-pitch Milone and Nolasco this spring in order to break camp with the big club. Nolasco has been a massive bust for the Twins, posting a 5.64 ERA over his first 196 1/3 innings.
Feb 15 - 7:43 PM

Ricky Nolasco intends to win a spot in the Twins' starting rotation.

Nolasco missed almost four months last year after undergoing ankle surgery and was used out of the bullpen when he returned in late September. Obviously Nolasco wants to prove he belongs in the starting rotation. The Twins probably want that as well after committing $49 million to Nolasco in 2013. The right-hander posted an ugly 6.75 ERA in nine outings last season.
Jan 30 - 4:53 PM

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that the Twins aren't trading Ricky Nolasco.

Neal hears that the Twins don't want to sell low, but his market is also likely pretty limited. The veteran right-hander was limited to just 37 1/3 innings this past season and is owed $25 million over the next two seasons. At the very least, the Twins aren't willing to cover a big chunk of his remaining salary in order to get a deal done.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 03:14:00 PM

SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reports that Ricky Nolasco is "emerging as a potential trade candidate" and the Padres are "one potential suitor."

Nolasco holds a 5.64 ERA over his first 196 1/3 innings with the Twins and was limited to just 37 1/3 frames in 2015 due to injury. The Twins will surely have to pick up a significant chunk of the $25 million he's still owed in order to move him. The Padres are already looking to get out from under James Shields' contract and would likely have to deal him before acquiring Nolasco.
Mon, Dec 7, 2015 11:33:00 PM

Making his first start since May 31, Ricky Nolasco surrendered five runs on four hits over 2 2/3 innings in a loss to the Royals on Sunday.

Since late May, Nolasco had been sitting on the disabled list due to an ankle injury, but he returned to the Twin pen earlier in the week and started against the Royals on Sunday. The southpaw struck out two and walked three during his limited time on the mound. There's not a ton to analyze here, given how much time Nolasco missed. For what it's worth, he finished the season with a 6.75 ERA and 1.71 WHIP over 34 2/3 innings (eight starts).
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 06:52:00 PM

Ricky Nolasco will start Sunday's season finale against the Royals.

The Twins were eliminated from the playoff race after Saturday's 5-1 loss. Nolasco pitched two innings Wednesday in his return from the disabled list. Sunday will mark his first start since May 31. Even the most desperate fantasy owners will want to stay away. The left-hander has posted an ugly 5.97 ERA in eight outings this year.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 05:58:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Kurt Suzuki
2John Ryan Murphy
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Eduardo Escobar
2Eduardo Nunez
3Jorge Polanco
3B1Trevor Plouffe
LF1Eddie Rosario
CF1Danny Santana
RF1Miguel Sano
DH1Byung-ho Park
Starting Pitcher
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Kyle Gibson
4Ricky Nolasco
5Jose Berrios
6Tyler Duffey
7Alex Meyer
Relief Pitcher
R1Glen Perkins
2Kevin Jepsen
3Trevor May
4Casey Fien
5Michael Tonkin
6Ryan Pressly
7Fernando Abad
8Ryan O'Rourke
9Tommy Milone