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Juan Nicasio | Relief Pitcher | #12

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (30) / 8/31/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 255
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / UDFA / COL
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Juan Nicasio and Felipe Rivero will share the Pirates' closer job going forward.
They're taking over for Tony Watson, who will be used in low-leverage spots for the time being. Rivero is the most talented guy in the Pirates' bullpen, but Nicasio could have an advantage in being right-handed and he could also benefit if Pittsburgh weighs Rivero's future arbitration costs. Nicasio has posted a 1.35 ERA and 25/8 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings this season. Jun 9 - 3:56 PM

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Pirates manager Clint Hurdle said late Wednesday that he has considered making Juan Nicasio the team's new closer.

Tony Watson blew yet another save Wednesday night against the Orioles after getting a vote of confidence from Hurdle on Tuesday. Felipe Rivero is the most talented pitcher in the Pittsburgh bullpen, but the Pirates can keep his first-year arbitration price down by preventing him from racking up a big saves total. Nicasio, 30, owns a sharp 1.35 ERA and 25/8 K/BB ratio in 26 2/3 innings this season. He's a worthy stash in most fantasy leagues.
Jun 8 - 3:53 PM

Juan Nicasio struck out two in a perfect inning to maintain his flawless spring ERA Friday.

Nicasio was the breakout pitching star of last spring, striking out 24 in 15 scoreless innings to earn a spot in Pittsburgh's rotation. He's doing great again now -- he has a 9/0 K/BB in his six innings -- but no one cares, since he's no longer a threat to start. He still might be a nice $1 reliever in NL-only leagues.
Mar 24 - 5:13 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
1B1Josh Bell
2John Jaso
2B1Josh Harrison
2Max Moroff
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
LF1Starling Marte
2Adam Frazier
3Jose Osuna
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Jameson Taillon
3Ivan Nova
4Chad Kuhl
5Trevor Williams
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Felipe Rivero
2Juan Nicasio
3Tony Watson
4Daniel Hudson
5Wade LeBlanc
6Jhan Marinez
7A.J. Schugel
8Steven Brault