22-Year-Old Pitcher – Miami Marlins
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Nicolino struggled to get going following a promotion to Double-A last season, posting a 4.96 ERA and 1.66 WHIP in nine starts (45.1 innings ) compared to the sparkling 2.23 ERA and 1.11 WHIP he poste...
Nicolino was knocked around in his spring debut, allowing seven hits and five earned runs in just 1.2 innings pitched during an exhibition matchup against Florida International University on Thursday.
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Miami Marlins Roster
MajorsAlvarez, Henderson (P)
AAAAmes, Steven (P)
AAAndrelcyzk, Pete (P)
A+Galloway, Isaac (OF)
ABrice, Austin (P)
RookieJames, Chad (P)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
A former second-round pick, Nicolino was included in the blockbuster deal between the Jays and Marlins in November. As a 21-year-old left-hander with control, Nicolino should progress somewhat quickly through the Marlins' system after carrying a 5.7 K/BB in the Midwest League last season. By most accounts, he has the ceiling to be a good big league starter, but the upside appears to be limited to that of a mid-rotation option as the strikeout rate could tumble a bit as he faces more advanced hitters at higher levels.
The 2nd round pick from 2010 had a very fine season at Low-A and Single-A in 2011, posting a 1.33 ERA across 15 appearances (12 starts) and striking out 73 batters in 61 innings with just 13 walks. His low-90s fastball is complemented with some nice secondary offerings so he should continue to dominate at the lower levels.