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, 22, has a 3.11 ERA and 16:5 K:BB through 37.2 innings for Double-A Jacksonville.
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Miami Marlins Roster
MajorsAlvarez, Henderson (P)
AAAAngle, Matt (OF)
AAAmes, Steven (P)
A+Brice, Austin (P)
AConley, Adam (P)
RookieAnderson, Blake (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.