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Juan Nicasio | Starting Pitcher | #12

Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Age / DOB:  (29) / 8/31/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 250
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2006 / UDFA / COL
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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. Apr 29 - 10:50 PM

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Juan Nicasio issued four walks and three hits in five innings, yet he managed to strand five baserunners and only give up two runs in Saturday’s loss to the Diamondbacks.

Nicasio blew everyone away with a phenomenal spring training, but the regular-season results haven’t been awe-inspiring. Despite the healthy number of strikeouts, his walk rate rose to 4.95 BB/9 after Saturday night’s performance. He has a 4.50 ERA in 20 innings of work and could be one of the prime candidates to move to the bullpen when the Pirates ultimately promote Tyler Glasnow and/or Jameson Taillon this summer. Just another cautionary tale when it comes to trusting spring-training numbers, it seems.
Apr 24 - 12:03 AM

Juan Nicasio turned in a quality start in Sunday's win over the Brewers, allowing three runs on five hits over six innings.

Pittsburgh's offense handed Nicasio a 6-0 lead after three innings. That should have allowed the right-hander to cruise through the rest of the day, but instead he surrendered three runs of his own in the top of the fourth. Through three starts (15 innings), the popular preseason fantasy sleeper holds a somewhat underwhelming 4.80 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 17/7 K/BB ratio. Up next on his schedule is a road start against the Brewers.
Apr 17 - 5:47 PM

Juan Nicasio was lit up for four earned runs in three innings Tuesday in a loss to the Tigers.

Nicasio was brilliant in his Pirates debut last week against the Cardinals, but he struggled out of the gate on Tuesday afternoon in Detroit. Justin Upton hit a solo bomb in the Tigers' two-run first inning and added an RBI single in the Tigers' two-run second. Nicasio was lifted before the bottom of the fourth at 94 pitches, having yielded six hits with five walks and four strikeouts. The big fantasy sleeper will try to get back on the right track next time out against the Brewers.
Apr 12 - 4:31 PM

Juan Nicasio hurled six innings of one-run ball Wednesday as the Pirates completed a three-game season-opening sweep of the Cardinals with a 5-1 victory.

Nicasio carried his terrific spring into a sensational debut at PNC Park. He probably could have gone deeper in the game -- his total pitch count was just 84 -- but Pirates manager Clint Hurdle opted to pinch-hit Sean Rodriguez in the bottom of the sixth and S-Rod was able to provide an insurance run. Nicasio was one of Rotoworld's top fantasy sleepers coming into the 2016 season and he made us look pretty smart on Wednesday night, striking out seven, issuing no walks, and giving up only four hits. The one run came on a Jeremy Hazelbaker solo shot in the top of the sixth. Nicasio gets the Tigers on the road next.
Apr 6 - 10:31 PM

Pirates manager Clint Hurdle confirmed Wednesday that Juan Nicasio has cracked the starting rotation.

Which means Ryan Vogelsong will open the 2016 regular season in a long relief role. Nicasio earned the job by registering a 24/5 K/BB ratio across 15 scoreless innings in Grapefruit League play. He has been shooting up fantasy draft boards all spring and rightly so.
Mar 30 - 4:23 PM

Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes that Juan Nicasio being switched from a Grapefruit League start to a minor league start Sunday "might indicate" he's close to landing a spot in the Pirates' rotation.

Nicasio has been one of the biggest surprises of spring training, spinning 15 scoreless innings with a 24/5 K/BB ratio. Things surely won't go as smoothly once the regular season begins, but we can't overlook pitching coach Ray Searage's ability to get the most out of his hurlers. If Nicasio does indeed win a rotation spot, Jeff Locke or Ryan Vogelsong will be pushed to the bullpen.
Mar 27 - 11:39 AM

Juan Nicasio was electric again on Monday, striking out eight in five innings as a Pirates split-squad shut out the Twins 2-0.

So, he wasn't quite as dominant as when he struck out 10 Orioles in four innings on Wednesday. Still, it's been quite the ridiculous spring for Nicasio, with 24 strikeouts in 15 scoreless innings. How can the Pirates possibly leave him out of their rotation at this point? He's worth a late flier in mixed leagues.
Mar 21 - 4:17 PM

Juan Nicasio overwhelmed the Orioles on Wednesday, striking out 10 of the 14 batters he faced in four scoreless innings.

Nicasio has pitched 10 scoreless innings and struck out 16 batters this spring. The Pirates' rotation appeared set following the additions of Jon Niese and Ryan Vogelsong, but Nicasio is making an awfully strong case to overtake either Vogelsong or Jeff Locke. He'd certainly seem to have the most upside of that group.
Mar 16 - 4:23 PM

Juan Nicasio pitched three scoreless innings and struck out three Friday in the Pirates' 4-3 win over the Rays.

It doesn't sound like the Pirates will use Nicasio over one of their veteran starters, but they have to like what they're seeing him as a starter this spring. He'll probably be a long reliever initially, with the Pirates keeping him stretched out in case they need him in the rotation.
Mar 11 - 4:37 PM

Juan Nicasio started and pitched two scoreless innings, with two strikeouts, Sunday against the Astros.

Nicasio seems best suited for short-relief duties, given that he's not great against lefties, but since the Pirates kept Mark Melancon and added Neftali Feliz to go along with Tony Watson, Jared Hughes and Arquimedes Caminero, they'll probably use Nicasio in more of a middle role. They're also keeping their options open for using him as a starter if someone in the rotation goes down.
Mar 6 - 5:13 PM

Pirates general manager Neal Huntington said Tuesday that Juan Nicasio will be stretched out during spring training.

Nicasio will provide rotation insurance in the spring, but he's likely to pitch in middle relief for Pittsburgh in 2016. The 29-year-old is coming off a 3.86 ERA and 65/32 K/BB ratio over 58 1/3 innings with the Dodgers last season.
Jan 12 - 11:39 AM

Pirates signed RHP Juan Nicasio to a one-year, $3 million contract.

Nicasio owned a 3.86 ERA in 58 1/3 innings with the Dodgers last season but struggled with control, walking 32 batters in that span. The Pirates will try to work their magic on the 29-year-old.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 04:44:00 PM

The Pirates are "closing in" on a deal with free agent Juan Nicasio, per Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports.

Nicasio was non-tendered by the Dodgers earlier this month after posting a 3.86 ERA, 1.56 WHIP and 32 walks in 58 1/3 innings in 2015. The Pirates have a way with pitchers, though, so it's a nice buy-low opportunity for the club. Nicasio will likely have a middle relief role in Pittsburgh.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 04:41:00 PM

Dodgers non-tendered RHP Juan Nicasio.

Nicasio had a decent 3.86 ERA in 2015, but it came with an ugly 1.56 WHIP and 32 walks in 58 1/3 innings. The 29-year-old right-hander was due a raise over $2.3 million in his second offseason of salary arbitration.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 12:10:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Francisco Cervelli
2Chris Stewart
3Elias Diaz
1B1John Jaso
2Jason Rogers
2B1Josh Harrison
SS1Jordy Mercer
3B1Jung Ho Kang
2David Freese
3Sean Rodriguez
LF1Starling Marte
2Matt Joyce
CF1Andrew McCutchen
RF1Gregory Polanco
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Gerrit Cole
2Francisco Liriano
3Jon Niese
4Jeff Locke
5Juan Nicasio
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Mark Melancon
2Tony Watson
3Arquimedes Caminero
4Neftali Feliz
5Jared Hughes
6Cory Luebke
7Kyle Lobstein
8Ryan Vogelsong
9A.J. Schugel
10Rob Scahill