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Juan Nicasio | Relief Pitcher | #12

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 8/31/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 255
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / UDFA / COL
Contract: view contract details

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Juan Nicasio picked up a victory in relief on Friday, working a pair of scoreless innings against the Pirates.
Nicasio came on with the Cardinals trailing by a run in the eighth inning, then stayed on for the ninth after the Cardinals scored two runs in the top half of the inning. He now boasts a 2.74 ERA and 1.06 WHIP on the year, though the Cardinals won't be able to utilize his services in the postseason. Sep 22 - 10:51 PM

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Juan Nicasio fanned two in a scoreless ninth inning to earn another save against the Pirates on Saturday.

He now has two saves in two days against the team that traded him to the Cardinals earlier in the week. He allowed a lead-off single to Jordy Mercer but didn't let him advance any further. The Cardinals' closer situation has been a mess all season and it looks like they might let the newcomer run away with the job down the stretch, although he will not be eligible to pitch in the playoffs if they make it there. For the season he has a 2.69 ERA with 63 strikeouts in 63 2/3 innings.
Sep 9 - 11:41 PM

Making his Cardinals debut, Juan Nicasio got a four-out save Friday against his old Pirates team.

The Pirates had to love this, but it's really all their own fault. It will be interesting to see if the Cardinals continue to use Nicasio to close. He should be their best reliever, but since he's postseason-roster ineligible, the Cardinals would have to come up with a totally different ninth-inning plan in October should they advance. For that reason, one imagines that they'd prefer to use Nicasio in a setup role and find someone else for the ninth.
Sep 9 - 1:20 AM

Cardinals acquired RHP Juan Nicasio from the Phillies for INF Eliezer Alvarez.

Philadelphia claimed Nicasio off waivers from the Pirates on August 31, giving up nothing in return, and will now flip the 31-year-old reliever to St. Louis for a young infield prospect. Nicasio boasts a 2.79 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and 61/18 K/BB ratio in 61 1/3 innings this season and he gives the Cardinals' bullpen a much-needed upgrade. He will not, however, be eligible for the playoffs if the Cardinals make it there.
Sep 6 - 2:37 PM

Phillies claimed RHP Juan Nicasio off waivers from the Pirates.

Pittsburgh placed Nicasio on irrevocable outright waivers, so the club will get nothing back in return (expect for a bit of salary relief). The 31-year-old right-hander has registered a sharp 2.85 ERA and 60/18 K/BB ratio in 60 innings of relief this season and will immediately step into a high-leverage role in Philadelphia. He could even see some saves down the stretch.
Aug 31 - 2:56 PM

Juan Nicasio has been placed on irrevocable outright waivers.

Which means that any team can claim the 30-year-old right-hander and won't have to give up anything to the Pirates in return. They'd just have to assume the roughly $600,000 remaining on his $3.65 million salary for 2017. Nicasio boasts a 2.85 ERA and 60/18 K/BB ratio through 60 innings of relief this season and seems likely to land with a new club very soon.
Aug 29 - 6:59 PM

Juan Nicasio earned his second save of the year on Monday night against the Tigers.

Felipe Rivero threw 41 pitches in a blown save opportunity Sunday against the Padres, so Nicasio got the ninth-inning nod in this one. Rivero, with his dominant 1.27 ERA and 0.78 WHIP, is not in danger of losing the Pirates' closer gig.
Aug 7 - 9:48 PM

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

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

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