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Justin Nicolino | Starting Pitcher

Team: Miami Marlins
Age / DOB:  (23) / 11/22/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 190
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
Contract: view contract details

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Marlins optioned LHP Justin Nicolino to Triple-A New Orleans.
Nicolino gave up five runs over four innings in his most recent start Friday against the Dodgers. There's no room for him in the rotation right now, but he figures to get another shot soon. Jun 30 - 3:15 PM

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Justin Nicolino was tagged for five runs over four innings in a loss to the Dodgers on Friday.

Nicolino spun seven scoreless innings against the Reds in his major league debut last weekend, but his follow-up was one to forget. The southpaw gave up a two-run homer to Scott Van Slyke in the second inning before allowing a three-spot in the fourth. He fanned two and walked one in the loss. It's not a sure thing that his next start will come in the majors.
Jun 26 - 10:36 PM

Marlins manager Dan Jennings said Tuesday that Justin Nicolino "certainly pitched good enough to earn another start."

Nicolino spun seven shutout innings against the Reds in his major league debut on Saturday. It's unclear at this point when he'll start again, but it will be at some point over the weekend versus the Dodgers. With Nicolino sticking around for now, Jarred Cosart (vertigo) slated to return as soon as Thursday and Jose Fernandez (elbow) due back next week, the Marlins' rotation is about to get really crowded.
Jun 24 - 10:00 AM

Justin Nicolino pitched a fantastic game against the Reds in his major league debut on Saturday, hurling seven innings of shutout baseball in the 5-0 win.

Nicolino showed no yips in his first big league start, striking out two and walking two on the way to his first career win. Over 13 starts for Triple-A New Orleans this season, he held a 2.87 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 5.2 K/9. Given those unimpressive WHIP and strikeout stats, it's difficult to recommend him for fantasy purposes, though his first outing against legitimate competition was certainly impressive.
Jun 20 - 9:51 PM

Marlins purchased the contract of LHP Justin Nicolino from Triple-A New Orleans.

Nicolino will make his major league debut on Saturday against the Reds. With an underwhelming 1.35 WHIP at Triple-A and a low strikeout rate, he's not an interesting streaming option in mixed leagues.
Jun 20 - 3:29 PM

Justin Nicolino will be recalled from Triple-A New Orleans to start for the Marlins on Saturday.

He will start in place of Tom Koehler who is dealing with a back and neck injury, and may be involved in a potential trade. Nicolino has been solid at Triple-A, posting a 2.87 ERA, 1.35 WHIP and 45/21 K/BB ratio over 78 1/3 innings.
Jun 20 - 2:55 PM

Justin Nicolino could be recalled to make his first major league start on Tuesday against the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

The Marlins need to add a pair of starters to their rotation with Mat Latos and Henderson Alvarez heading to the disabled list, and Nicolino seems the most logical candidate to be recalled. They may also shift Tom Koehler back to the rotation from the bullpen to fulfill the other spot. Nicolino has posted a 2.09 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and 26/14 K/BB ratio over 47 1/3 innings at Triple-A New Orleans this season.
May 23 - 12:02 AM

Marlins pitching prospect Justin Nicolino surrendered eight hits over six shutout innings Tuesday in a win for Triple-A New Orleans.

He threw 52 of his 83 pitches for strikes. The 23-year-old hasn't allowed a run in five of his last six outings, recording a 1.50 ERA during that stretch. Nicolino is holding left-handed hitters to a paltry .200 average this season and has yet to lose a game in 2015. Despite a pedestrian 25-to-11 strikeout to walk ratio, Nicolino leads the Pacific League in ERA at 1.55.
May 13 - 2:45 PM

Marlins prospect Justin Nicolino kept his scoreless streak going with six shutout frames Saturday in a start for Double-A New Orleans.

The left-hander hasn't allowed an earned run since April 9. Nicolino, who was acquired from the Blue Jays two years ago in the Jose Reyes trade, has won his last two starts after opening the year with consecutive no-decisions. The 23-year-old went against former Cy Young winner Barry Zito on Saturday. Nicolino is the Marlins' fourth-ranked prospect according to
Apr 26 - 4:33 PM

Marlins optioned LHP Justin Nicolino to Triple-A New Orleans.

Nicolino, 23, was added to the Marlins' 40-man roster in November after posting a 2.85 ERA and 81/20 K/BB ratio over 170 1/3 innings with Double-A Jacksonville last season. He has elite control, but it remains to be seen how effective he can be with missing so few bats. Either way, we should see him get his first test in the majors later this year.
Mar 17 - 9:06 AM

Marlins purchased the contract of LHP Justin Nicolino from Double-A Jacksonville.

Nicolino was a second-round pick of the Marlins in the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft and has a strong 2.64 ERA in 497 2/3 career minor league innings. The 22-year-old left-hander could make his MLB debut in 2015.
Thu, Nov 20, 2014 03:56:00 PM

Marlins left-handed pitching prospect Justin Nicolino threw six shutout innings for Double-A Jacksonville on Saturday, scattering six hits and two walks, striking out three.

Nicolino has been on point over his last three starts, holding opposing batters to a .240/.278/.240 line with 0 runs allowed over 20 innings. He is solidly behind Andrew Heaney on the Marlins prospect pitcher ranking, but he has the potential to be a solid No. 3 pitcher and could be pitching for the Marlins as soon as early-2015.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 10:31:00 AM

Marlins left-handed pitching prospect threw a complete game shutout for Double-A Jacksonville, scattering five hits while striking out four batters.

In addition to a 3.04 ERA and a 1.047 WHIP, Nicolino is holding opposing batters to a .244/.268/.372 line over his first 15 starts of the 2014 season. He sparkled with Low-A Lansing in 2012, as part of a rotation that included Aaron Sanchez, Noah Sydergaard, and Anthony DeSclafani, but took a step backward in 2013. He could be in line for a promotion to Triple-A New Orleans or Miami later this summer, and could be part of a great rotation in Miami going forward.
Sun, Jun 22, 2014 10:12:00 AM

Making his first start in Grapefruit League play, Justin Nicolino allowed one run over five innings Thursday against the Cardinals.

The 21-year-old Nicolino was one of the prospects the Marlins picked up from the Jays in the Jose Reyes deal in November. He's expected to open this season in the Florida State League after going 10-4 with a 2.46 ERA in low-A ball last year.
Thu, Mar 28, 2013 03:44:00 PM

Marlins acquired LHP Justin Nicolino from the Blue Jays in a 12-player trade.

Nicolino, who turns 21 later this month, has a 2.09 ERA and 194/34 K/BB ratio over 185 1/3 innings as a pro. The 2010 second-round pick is not as dominant as his numbers suggest, as he mostly sits in the high 80s-to-low 90s with his fastball, but he has an excellent changeup and a solid curveball. If the southpaw turns out to be a mid-rotation starter, the Marlins would likely be very pleased.
Mon, Nov 19, 2012 03:32:00 PM

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