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12 Juan Nicasio SP
Height/Weight: 6-3/200 | Birthdate: 8/31/1986 | Birthplace: San Francisco de Macoris, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Colorado | College: No College | MLB Experience: 4 | Salary: $491,000 | Owned/Started%: 22/12 | Average Draft Position: 301.01
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Juan Nicasio delivers quality start vs. Padres Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2014) Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio surrendered two earned runs on six hits and one walk in six innings while striking out three in his team's 3-2 win over the Padres Tuesday.

Both runs off Nicasio (2-0) came in the first inning before he settled down and put together five scoreless frames to turn in a quality start. He owns a 3.50 ERA and 15:4 K:BB ratio in 18 innings. The Phillies are next up for Nicasio Sunday.


Juan Nicasio surrenders four runs in no-decision Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2014) Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio didn't factor into the decision Wednesday after giving up four earned runs on eight hits and two walks in five innings while striking out six in his team's 10-4 win over the White Sox.

Nicasio couldn't match his strong debut performance, giving up two runs in the second inning and two more in the fifth. That was all the White Sox would score in the game, though Nicasio was off the field by the time his offense put together a six-run eighth inning. Nicasio will make his next start in San Diego, likely on Tuesday.


Diamondbacks can't solve Juan Nicasio


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/4/2014) Rockies starting pitcher Juan Nicasio pounded the strike zone and kept the Diamondbacks off balance all day in a season-opening 12-2 win Friday.

Nicasio allowed just five baserunners in his seven innings of work, walking one and allowing just four hits. He allowed one run on a fifth-inning solo home run by Mark Trumbo, but that was all the Diamondbacks would manage as he struck out six and threw 64 of 88 pitches for strikes.

Nicasio is looking for more success after posting consecutive seasons with a 5.00-plus ERA. His next start is scheduled for Wednesday against the White Sox. 


Rockies set rotation plans for Thursday, Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/1/2014) The Rockies have named starting pitchers for Thursday and Friday's home opener, with Franklin Morales getting the call Thursday in Miami before Juan Nicasio takes the mound Friday at home against the Diamondbacks.

Manager Walt Weiss decided to arrange the rotation as such to take advantage of Nicasio's experience pitching at Coors Field, MLB.com reports. Nicasio has made 28 starts in Coors Field in his three-year career, going 10-7 with a 5.02 ERA in 143 1/3 innings. Morales, who pitched with the Rockies from 2007 through part of 2011, has made 54 appearances (five starts) in Coors Field, going 1-2 with a 3.33 ERA in 70 1/3 innings.


Juan Nicasio throws five no-hit innings vs. White Sox


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/25/2014) Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio surrendered no hits and one walk in five scoreless innings while striking out seven in his team's 4-1 win over the White Sox Tuesday.

It's quite a turnaround for Nicasio, who gave up seven earned runs in 10 innings in his two previous outings. He owns a 2.86 ERA and 21:6 K:BB ratio in 22 innings this spring.


Juan Nicasio runs into trouble late


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(3/21/2014) Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio put together another up-and-down performance Thursday, in a 4-3 loss to the Brewers.

Nicasio started the game out strong, limiting the Brewers to just one walk in his first three innings of work, before the wheels came off. Over his last 2 2/3 innings, he was tagged for three runs on three hits with a pair of walks, finishing with three strikeouts on 81 pitches in 5 2/3 innings of work.

Nicasio is locked into the rotation, but has given up three runs in his last 10 innings of work. He has a 3.71 ERA with 14 strikeouts and four walks in 17 innings of work.  


Juan Nicasio serves up three homers vs. Angels


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/15/2014) Rockies starter Juan Nicasio gave up his first runs of the spring Saturday against the Angels.

Nicasio couldn't keep the ball in the park, surrendering homers to Howie Kendrick, Matt Long and Mike Trout. He yielded four runs on six hits and one walk while striking out four over 4 1/3 innings of work. He has allowed four runs over 11 1/3 innings in three Cactus League starts.


Improvement with slider, changeup helping Juan Nicasio


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2014) Rockies starting pitcher Juan Nicasio has been stellar this spring, tossing seven scoreless innings through two starts. A key to his success has been the improvement of his slider, per The Denver Post.

"Last year, the pitch a lot of times was a ball out of his hands," manager Walt Weiss said. "He's getting swings and misses with it now. And he's throwing his changeup more."


Juan Nicasio stays scoreless vs. Royals Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2014) Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio turned in a dominant outing, earning the win in Sunday's Cactus League against the Royals.

Nicasio allowed only one hit and one walk while striking out three over four innings pitched. He has not allowed a run over his first seven innings of work this spring.

Juan Nicasio strikes out four in three scoreless innings Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/4/2014) Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio surrendered just two hits over three scoreless innings while striking out four in his team's 3-2 loss to the Giants Tuesday.

"I was working with my fastball down in the zone and on my slider," Nicasio told MLB.com after the start. "I am working so hard and now I am more in focus and my body is better in shape. It's 100 percent different. I used to hang my slider a lot. I couldn't put my weight on my knee and I would throw with only my arm. Now I have better [stability] with my knee, so my breaking ball is sharper now. I am better."

Nicasio, who is locked into the team's regular-season rotation, will look to build off Tuesday's impressive spring debut moving forward.


Juan Nicasio seeking to add split-finger to repertoire


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2014) Rockies right-hander Juan Nicasio has added a split-finger fastball to his assortment of pitches this season, which he hopes will result in better production. Pitching coach Jim Wright claimed that Nicasio didn't have confidence in it last season.

"I think he was reluctant to throw it," Wright told the Denver Post. "I think he had heard some things that it was tough on the arm, but he's got the perfect arm angle for it. So it's a weapon that is going to help him."

What remains unknown is if it will help him as a starter or reliever. Nicasio is being pushed as the fifth starter by southpaws Franklin Morales and Christian Friedrich. Nicasio had a miserable 2013 season despite a 9-9 record. He boasted a 5.14 ERA and walked 64 in 157 2/3 innings.


Juan Nicasio avoids arbitration


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/17/2014) Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio has avoided arbitration with the club, according to the New York Post

Nicasio will make $2.025 million next season. He's coming off a season in which he posted a 5.14 ERA in 157 2/3 innings.


Juan Nicasio considered favorite for final spot in rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/31/2013) Juan Nicasio is considered the favorite to win the fifth spot in the Rockies' rotation, according to Troy Renck of The Denver Post. Jordan Lyles could be Nicasio's top competition for the final spot in the rotation, according to Renck.

Juan Nicasio bounces back in final start


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2013) Rockies starter Juan Nicasio turned in an impressive performance as he earned his ninth win of the season Saturday night against the Dodgers. He allowed three hits and one walk while striking out seven over 5 1/3 scoreless innings of a 1-0 victory.

Nicasio had allowed 15 runs over his previous five innings pitched before Saturday's win. He finished the season 9-9 with a 5.14 ERA, a 1.47 WHIP and a 119:64 K:BB ratio over 157 2/3 innings.


Juan Nicasio walloped by Diamondbacks


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2013) Rockies starter Juan Nicasio took a brutal loss Sunday against Arizona.

Nicasio allowed seven runs on seven hits and two walks over 2 1/3 innings. He struck out one but walked two in one of his worst outings of the year. His ERA sits at 5.32.


Juan Nicasio, Roy Oswalt among competitors for rotation in '14


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/19/2013) Rockies manager Walt Weiss said Thursday that pitchers Jorge De La Rosa, Jhoulys Chacin and Tyler Chatwood will make up the foundation of 2014's rotation, MLB.com reports. That leaves pitchers Juan Nicasio and Roy Oswalt, the latter of whom will likely be invited back to Colorado this offseason, to compete with others for spots.

"As I see it right now, those three guys have really solidified a spot," Weiss told MLB.com. "Juan's been good at times, but we need to see a little more consistency. But the other three guys, they're nice arms to have."

Pitchers Drew Pomeranz, Chad Bettis and Collin McHugh could also be in the mix to start, as could any potential trade or free-agent acquisitions.


Juan Nicasio hit hard at home vs. Cards


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2013) Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio (8-8) ran into trouble as he failed to make it past the third inning, suffering his eighth loss of the season Tuesday night against the Cardinals. The right-hander surrendered eight runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out two over 2 2/3 innings of an 11-4 defeat.

Nicasio has allowed 16 earned runs combined over his last four starts (18 innings). He is scheduled to make his next start Sunday at home against the Diamondbacks. He is 1-0 with a 2.89 ERA in two starts against Arizona this season.

Juan Nicasio pitches five one-run innings in no-decision


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/11/2013) Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio held the Giants to just one earned run on five hits and four walks while striking out one in five innings Wednesday but did not factor into the decision in his team's 4-3 loss.

Nicasio has allowed one run or less in four of his last five starts, but he's just 1-1 over that stretch. He takes an 8-7 record, 4.58 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 109:58 K:BB ratio into Tuesday's scheduled start against the Cardinals.


Juan Nicasio can't factor into decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2013) Rockies starter Juan Nicasio tossed a quality start but failed to factor into the decision Friday night against the Padres. The right-hander surrendered two runs -- one earned -- on four hits and two walks while striking out seven over six innings pitched.

Nicasio has allowed eight runs -- seven earned -- over his last 16 1/3 innings pitched. He is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday at San Francisco. He is 2-0 with a 2.45 ERA in four starts against the Giants this season.

Juan Nicasio takes loss to Reds


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2013) Rockies starter Juan Nicasio was bested Saturday by Cincinnati as he fell to 8-7.

Nicasio served up six runs on seven hits and three walks. He struck out four but lacked the control or command to avoid big innings. Nicasio's ERA sits at 4.82. 


Juan Nicasio goes six shutout for win


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2013) Rockies starter Juan Nicasio was fantastic Monday night at home against the Giants. Nicasio tossed six shutout innings for the win.

The starter improved to 8-6 on the year as he allowed just four hits over six shutout frames. He walked two batters and struck out nine over 95 pitches. His ERA is now at 4.57 with the win.

Nicasio has earned wins in his last two decisions and has given up just three earned runs over his last three outings spanning 17 2/3 innings. The Rockies will next hand the ball to Nicasio to start Sunday against the Reds.

Juan Nicasio strikes out three in no-decision


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2013) Rockies pitcher Juan Nicasio didn't factor into the decision in his team's 4-3 loss to the Phillies Wednesday after giving up two runs (one earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out three in 5 2/3 innings.

Nicasio has made it through six innings just once in his last five starts. He owns a 7-6 record, 4.79 ERA, 1.40 WHIP and 88:47 K:BB ratio heading into Monday's projected start against the Giants.


Juan Nicasio picks up win No. 7


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2013) Rockies starter Juan Nicasio (7-6) tossed a quality start as he earned his seventh win of the season Friday night against the Orioles. The right-hander surrendered two runs on four hits and four walks while striking out two over six innings of a 6-3 victory.

Niccasio has allowed five earned runs over his last 11 2/3 innings pitched. He is scheduled to make his next start Wednesday at Philadelphia. He gave up five runs over 5 2/3 innings pitched in his previous meeting against the Phillies on June 14.


Juan Nicasio settles for no-decision


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/11/2013) Rockies starter Juan Nicasio fell one out shy of a quality start as he received a no-decision Saturday against the Pirates. The right-hander yielded three runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four over 5 2/3 innings of a 6-4 victory.

Nicasio has allowed 15 earned runs combined over his last three starts (15 1/3 innings). He is scheduled to make his next start Friday at Baltimore. He is 3-5 with a 6.03 ERA in 12 starts away from Coors Field.

Juan Nicasio has another short outing


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2013) Rockies starting pitcher Juan Nicasio couldn't make it out of the fifth inning during Sunday's 5-1 loss at Pittsburgh. The right-hander was charged with four runs on six hits and three walks in 4 1/3 innings, while striking out four.

Nicasio (6-6) dropped a second straight start and has allowed 12 earned runs on 16 hits and six walks in his last 8 1/3 innings. 

Nicasio will look to end his losing streak when he returns to action Saturday in a rematch against the Pirates.