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Juan Nicasio | Relief Pitcher | #12

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/31/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / UDFA / COL
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Pirates and RHP Juan Nicasio avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.65 million contract.
It was the right-hander's final year of arbitration eligibility. Nicasio began last season in Pittsburgh's rotation but finished it in their bullpen, ultimately posting a 4.50 ERA and 138/45 K/BB ratio over 118 innings. Jan 13 - 3:08 PM

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Pirates activated RHP Juan Nicasio from the restricted list.

Nicasio was away for about a week while dealing with a private family matter back in the Dominican Republic. The Pirates announced that the righty will be moved into the bullpen, likely for the remainder of the season. They haven't revealed yet who will start Sunday in Nicasio's place.
Fri, Jun 24, 2016 03:24:00 PM

Juan Nicasio will be in the bullpen when he returns from the restricted list.

At least for a little while. Nicasio was excused from the Pirates on Saturday to deal with a private family matter back in the Dominican Republic. He'll return "sooner than later," per manager Clint Hurdle.
Tue, Jun 21, 2016 04:36:00 PM

Pirates placed RHP Juan Nicasio on the restricted list.

It's a private family issue, per Pirates manager Clint Hurdle. Nicasio was lit up for six runs over just 4 1/3 innings in his last start Thursday against the Mets, watching his season ERA rise to 5.83. It's not clear when he will return and what kind of role he will return to. The right-hander carries workload issues after throwing only 58 1/3 innings for the Dodgers in 2015. He's already up to 63 1/3 innings this year.
Sat, Jun 18, 2016 05:16:00 PM

Juan Nicasio allowed six runs over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Mets on Thursday.

Nicasio was victimized by the long ball Thursday, as three of his seven hits allowed left the yard. He also walked two while striking out five. The 29-year-old has endured a difficult slide since a stellar spring, now owning a 5.83 ERA and 1.48 WHIP in 63 1/3 innings. His next scheduled start is Tuesday against the Giants.
Thu, Jun 16, 2016 10:08:00 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said during a radio appearance on Sunday that Juan Nicasio will not make his scheduled start Tuesday versus the Mets.

Nicasio threw 44 pitches in relief on Friday and was tagged for six runs. It appears that he'll be pushed back in the rotation, with a starter being called up for Tuesday's game. Jameson Taillon could be the most likely candidate, and he would be eligible to return to the majors if the Pirates place Gerrit Cole on the disabled list. This is just speculation for now. Pittsburgh should make an official announcement soon.
Mon, Jun 13, 2016 05:05:00 PM

Juan Nicasio was brought in as a reliever in the 12th inning of a 3-3 game and was shredded for six earned runs and a loss.

Nicasio is a starting pitcher who won a game against the Mets just three days ago, but the Pirates had already used seven pitchers in the first eleven innings. Tonight's starter Gerrit Cole left with an arm injury after pitching only two innings. Nicasio gave up more runs in his one inning of work tonight than he had given up in any of his starts this season. The blowup cranked his ERA from 4.50 to 5.32 and may cause his next start to get pushed back a day or two.
Sat, Jun 11, 2016 12:56:00 AM

Juan Nicasio picked up his fifth victory of the season, limiting the Mets to one run on three hits over five innings in the second game of Tuesday's doubleheader.

Nicasio racked up seven strikeouts on the evening while walking two. The only damage against him came on an RBI single by Kevin Plawecki in the fifth inning. The veteran right-hander has flashed strong strikeout potential throughout the season, with 59 punchouts in 58 innings. He'll look to replicate this result in a rematch against Jacob deGrom and the Mets on Tuesday in New York.
Tue, Jun 7, 2016 10:16:00 PM

Juan Nicasio allowed three runs over six innings in a no-decision Thursday against the Marlins.

Nicasio gave up six hits and walked three in the start, his first quality start since April 29. He earned a spot in the rotation with a brilliant spring but has struggled to keep it going -- through Thursday's start, Nicasio has a 4.75 ERA and 1.40 WHIP on the year. With some promising young arms in the pipeline, the Pirates may see value in moving Nicasio to the bullpen at some point. Assuming that won't be next week, Nicasio is set to take on the Mets on Tuesday.
Fri, Jun 3, 2016 12:31:00 AM

Juan Nicasio failed to make it out of the fifth inning Saturday, allowing four runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings in a loss to the Rangers.

Nicasio surrendered two home runs among his seven hits allowed. It was the third time in four starts that he's allowed four earned runs, raising his ERA to 4.79 through nine outings. The good news is he's striking out a batter per inning, but the bad news is that he's also giving up a hit per inning. Nicasio will try to get back on the right track Thursday at the Marlins.
Sat, May 28, 2016 11:33:00 PM

Juan Nicasio's next start will come this weekend at the Rangers.

Nicasio was scheduled to pitch Sunday against the Rockies, but a rainout shifted that game to Monday afternoon and Ryan Vogelsong will take the hill on regular rest. This gives the struggling Nicasio some extended time off. He has a rough 6.46 ERA in three May starts after registering a 3.33 ERA over five starts in April.
Mon, May 23, 2016 11:24:00 AM

Juan Nicasio didn't pitch well but was good enough to win Tuesday, allowing five runs -- three earned -- over five frames in a 12-9 victory over the Braves.

He did strike out six, but it wasn't much of a performance for Nicasio given the opponent. He permitted eight hits on the night and walked two. The right-hander has struck out a batter per inning this season, but his 4.46 ERA and 1.35 WHIP are pedestrian. Nicasio will take on the Rockies at home in his next trip to the hill.
Tue, May 17, 2016 11:33:00 PM

Juan Nicasio allowed four runs in six innings of work on Wednesday against the Reds, but he didn't factor into the decision.

Nicasio was pretty good on Wednesday. He only allowed four hits in six innings; however, all four of them went for extra bases and all came around to score. It was at least good to see him issue zero walks, though, as he came into the game with a walk rate of 4.31 BB/9. The right-hander lowered his ERA to 3.62 and remains a quality source of strikeouts. Nicasio will get the Braves at home, which should be a good match-up.
Wed, May 11, 2016 11:32:00 PM

Juan Nicasio allowed four runs -- one earned -- over 4 1/3 innings Wednesday in a loss to the Cubs.

The three unearned runs came in the third inning, when Andrew McCutchen couldn't corral a hot shot to center field by Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist followed with a three-run shot. It's possible that error on McCutchen gets changed to a hit for Rizzo. Nicasio, a popular fantasy sleeper this spring, stands 3-3 with a 3.16 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 32/15 K/BB ratio over 31 1/3 innings with the Bucs. He gave up eight hits and walked three on Wednesday. A road start against the Reds is next.
Wed, May 4, 2016 04:12:00 PM

Juan Nicasio was in dominant form in Friday's victory over the Reds, punching out eight over seven shutout innings of baseball.

Nicasio surrendered just three hits and a walk in the impressive outing. Through five starts he certainly looks to be another successful reclamation project for Pirates' pitching coach Ray Searage, as Nicasio has compiled a 3.33 ERA, 1.15 WHIP and 29/12 K/BB ratio across 27 innings. He needs to be owned and started in all mixed leagues at this point for Wednesday's start against the Cubs.
Fri, Apr 29, 2016 10:50:00 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
4Chris Bostick
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
8Clay Holmes
9Josh Lindblom
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Tony Watson
2Daniel Hudson
3Felipe Rivero
4Jared Hughes
5Juan Nicasio
6Antonio Bastardo
7Trevor Williams
8A.J. Schugel
9Wade LeBlanc
10Dovydas Neverauskas
11Pat Light
12Dan Runzler
13Tyler Webb