Juan Nicasio, Pitcher, St. Louis Cardinals
Date of Birth: 8/31/1986
Birthplace: San Francisco de Macoris, Dominican Republic
Juan Nicasio, pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals, was first signed by the Colorado Rockies in August, 2006. He played in the Rockies' minor league system from 2006 through 2010.
Nicasio joined the Rockies' starting rotation in 2011. His season ended on August 5th when he suffered a fractured vertebra in his neck after being hit in the head by a line drive. He finished the season with a 4-4 record, 58 strikeouts to 18 walks, and a 4.14 ERA in 71.2 innings in 13 games. The following year, his season was cut short by knee surgery in July. He pitched 58.0 innings in 11 games in 2012 and he had a 5.28 ERA.
Nicasio had his first full, injury-free season in 2013. That year, he pitched a career high 157.2 innings in 31 games and he had a 9-9 record, a career high 119 strikeouts (to 64 walks), and a 5.14 ERA. In 2014, he pitched from both the Rockies' starting rotation and the bullpen. In 33 games, he pitched 93.2 innings and he had a 6-6 record and a 5.38 ERA.
Nicasio was traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers in November, 2014. On January 16, 2015, he signed a one year, $2.3 million contract with the Dodgers. He pitched out of the bullpen in 2015, finishing the season with a 3.86 ERA in 58.1 innings in 53 games.
Nicasio signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates on December 10, 2015. He finished the 2016 season with a 4.50 ERA, 10 wins to 7 losses, and 138 strikeouts to 45 walks in 118.0 innings in 12 games as a starter and 40 games as a reliever.
The Philadelphia Phillies claimed Nicasio off waivers on August 31, 2017. He was traded to the Cardinals on September 6th.
Career pitching statistics for Nicasio through 2016 include:
- 193 games played
- 557.1 innings pitched
- 32-32 win-loss record
- 497 strikeouts to 212 walks
- 4.80 ERA