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Ivan Nova | Starting Pitcher | #46

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (30) / 1/12/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'5" / 235
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2004 / UDFA / NYY
Contract: view contract details
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Ivan Nova scattered four hits and one run over five solid frames Thursday in the Pirates’ Grapefruit League loss to the Red Sox.
He fanned five and didn't walk anyone. The Red Sox were without most of their top bats—Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Dustin Pedroia and Pablo Sandoval were all getting a breather. But it was still a strong showing by Nova, who out-pitched Chris Sale on Thursday. His strikeout victims included Mitch Moreland, Josh Rutledge, Steve Selsky, Chris Young and Christian Vazquez. The only inning the Red Sox threatened Nova was the third when they scraped together one run on two hits. Nova holds an impressive 0.90 ERA over three outings this spring. Mar 16 - 9:14 PM

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Facing his old team, Ivan Nova allowed an unearned run over three innings Monday as the Pirates smoked the Yankees 13-1.

Nova seemed set to unravel after committing a pair of errors to start the third inning and then crossing up the catcher with a wild pitch, but he rebounded to retire three in a row, concluding his day. He's yet to allow an earned run in five innings.
Mar 6 - 4:40 PM

Pirates signed RHP Ivan Nova to a three-year, $26 million contract.

The deal was reported last week and it's now official. Nova ultimately chose to stick around after he flourished following a midseason trade from the Yankees last year, as he finished with a 3.06 ERA and 52/3 K/BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings over 11 starts. He threw a ton more strikes and benefited by switching over to the National League. He turns 30 next month and should continue to benefit under the tutelage of Ray Searage. He'll slot behind Gerrit Cole and Jameson Taillon in the rotation for now, but the Pirates might not be done upgrading their rotation this winter.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 01:39:00 PM

According to Robert Murray of FanRag Sports, the Pirates have re-signed free agent starter Ivan Nova to a three-year, $26 million contract.

Pittsburgh proved to be the ideal place for Nova to spread his wings in the second half of 2016, and now he's back there with a locked-in rotation spot and a very positive fantasy outlook for 2017. Nova registered a brilliant 3.06 ERA and 52/3 K/BB ratio in 64 2/3 innings last season with the Pirates after an August 1 trade away from the Yankees. He had spent the first six-and-a-half years of his major league career in New York. The 29-year-old right-hander will try to continue learning and growing under legendary Bucs pitching coach Ray Searage.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 10:03:00 AM

Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that Ivan Nova's market "is beginning to heat up."

Murray doesn't mention any teams in on Nova other than the Pirates, who have remained in contact with Nova's agent, Greg Genske, and have seemed all along like the best spot for the righty. Genske told Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM earlier this offseason that he had offers in the three-year, $36 million range for his client.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 10:36:00 AM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Sunday that the Pirates are "still engaged" with Ivan Nova's representatives.

Nova is interested returning to the Pirates, too, but so far the two sides have been unable to hammer anything out. You can't blame the right-hander for holding out for the best possible deal given that he's arguably the best free agent pitcher left on the market. Staying in Pittsburgh and continuing to work with pitching coach Ray Searage would probably be best for Nova's fantasy prospects.
Sun, Dec 11, 2016 01:52:00 PM

Casey Stern of MLB Network Radio hears that the Pirates are hoping to retain Ivan Nova.

Nova came over to the Pirates in a trade with the Yankees over the summer. In 11 starts with his new club, the 29-year-old right-hander pitched to a sharp 3.06 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 52/3 K/BB ratio. It is not yet known what other clubs might be sniffing around on the veteran hurler.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 04:08:00 PM

Ivan Nova allowed a run over 5 1/3 innings against the Cubs on Thursday, getting a gift of a complete game in a 1-1 tie.

With the skies opened up and neither team playing for much -- the Bucs already eliminated from the postseason, the Cubs already owning home-field advantage through the NLCS -- the two teams decided to call it a night. Nova allowed four hits and didn't issue a free pass while striking out five before the rain came. The start brings to a close a successful career revitalization for the 29-year-old, who posted a 3.06 ERA with the Pirates after struggling early as a member of the Yankees. Nova owned a 4.17 ERA and 1.25 WHIP overall, and will be an interesting free agent case this winter.
Thu, Sep 29, 2016 10:42:00 PM

Ivan Nova allowed six runs on eight hits over four innings in a loss to the Nationals on Saturday.

For the second straight start, Nova struggled and is now 5-2 with a 3.64 ERA as a member of the Pirates. He'd been absolutely lights out prior to his last start, though, and the Bucs have reportedly been impressed enough to approach the 29-year-old about a contract extension. Nova will have one more opportunity to make his case for a big payday when he squares off with the Cubs on Thursday.
Sat, Sep 24, 2016 11:53:00 PM

Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that the Pirates have made several contract offers to impending free agent Ivan Nova.

The 29-year-old hurler has been outstanding since joining the Pirates, compiling a 2.93 ERA, 1.07 WHIP and 45/3 K/BB across 55 1/3 innings. Pirates pitching coach Ray Searage has made a living out of reclaiming broken down pitchers, and Nova appears to be his latest success story. Locking him up would appear to be a wise investment.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 10:12:00 PM

Ivan Nova was tagged for five runs -- three earned -- in three innings Sunday in a loss to the Reds.

Nova went without a walk for the sixth time in nine starts for the Pirates. Still, unlike most of the others, he simply wasn't effective today. The loss was his first since his final start for the Yankees on July 29. He'll get the Nationals next.
Sun, Sep 18, 2016 04:13:00 PM

Ivan Nova notched a season-high 11 strikeouts while allowing just two runs -- one earned -- over six frames in a 5-3 win over the Phillies.

He surrendered only five hits and one walk to go along with his 11 punchouts, settling for a no-decision. Nova has been a new man since arriving in Pittsburgh, posting a 2.41 ERA and ridiculous 43/3 K/BB ratio over 52 1/3 innings of work. Pitching coach Ray Searage, who has worked miracles with many before, surely has had a big hand in Nova's rejuvenation. The impending free agent has picked a great time to be throwing the best ball of his career. He'll try to keep rolling on Sunday in Cincinnati.
Tue, Sep 13, 2016 11:57:00 PM

Ivan Nova allowed a run on six hits in a complete game, 4-1 victory over the Reds on Thursday.

Nova struck out four without issuing a free pass, needing just 94 pitches to complete the deed. It's the second time in seven starts with the Bucs that Nova has gone the distance, and he's 5-0 with a 2.53 ERA in those seven starts. Another attractive matchup awaits the right-hander, with the Phillies on deck Tuesday.
Thu, Sep 8, 2016 09:55:00 PM

Ivan Nova held the Brewers to two runs over six innings in a no-decision Saturday.

Nova yielded five hits and a walk while striking out six, but the Bucs couldn't get him much offense to make it stand up. Even so, it was yet another strong turn for the 29-year-old, who owns a 4-0 record and 2.89 ERA in six starts with the Pirates. The National League certainly looks good on him so far. Nova will take another shot at that fifth consecutive win when he takes on the Reds on Thursday.
Sun, Sep 4, 2016 12:18:00 AM

Ivan Nova (hamstring) is on track to take his next turn in the Pirates' starting rotation.

Nova was forced to leave Sunday's outing against the Brewers after experiencing left hamstring discomfort, but he's felt steady improvement over the last couple of days. Nova has a strong 2.87 ERA, 0.989 WHIP, and 22/1 K/BB ratio in 31 1/3 innings (five starts) since joining the Pirates via trade from the Yankees. His next scheduled start is at home versus the Brewers.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 06:36:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
1B1Josh Bell
2John Jaso
3Jose Osuna
4Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Josh Harrison
2Alen Hanson
3Phil Gosselin
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
LF1Gregory Polanco
2Adam Frazier
CF1Starling Marte
2Eury Perez
RF1Andrew McCutchen
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Tyler Glasnow
5Chad Kuhl
6Steven Brault
7Drew Hutchison
8Josh Lindblom
9Brandon Cumpton
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Tony Watson
2Daniel Hudson
3Felipe Rivero
4Jared Hughes
5Juan Nicasio
6Antonio Bastardo
7Trevor Williams
8A.J. Schugel
9Wade LeBlanc
10Tyler Webb
11Jason Stoffel
12Dan Runzler