Juan Nicasio
P PIT
1 month ago

Although the Pirates don't expect to use Nicasio as a closer, he will pitch in high leverage situations. "I like the role we had him in last year. He flourished in it," manager Clint Hurdle told the team's website. "There were games where he could give late-inning leverage, depending on the use of the other guys. There were days he came in and stopped the biggest situation of the game in the sixth inning, then was able to add another inning to it."

EDGE Analysis

He bombed as a starter in early 2016 but then pitched well out of the bullpen, compiling a 2.96 ERA with 76 strikeouts in 53.2 innings after June 26. Hurdle likened Nicasio's usage to that of Cleveland's Andrew Miller. "It was actually a similar situation to how you saw the two men [Andrew Miller and Aroldis Chapman] get used in the postseason," Hurdle noted. "We had a guy who was doing it for us." It will take injuries to Tony Watson, Daniel Hudson and Felipe Rivero for Nicasio to enter the saves' conversation.

Juan Nicasio
P PIT
2 months ago

Nicasio and the Pirates avoided arbitration and agreed to a $3.65 million deal on Friday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Pirates gave Nicasio a try in the rotation in 2016, hoping he could be another bargain-bin reclamation project, before eventually moving him back into the bullpen. While he might not be a real starter, he put up a 2.96 ERA after his return to the bullpen, so he seems to be at least an effective reliever.

Juan Nicasio
P PIT
6 months ago

Nicasio earned his fifth hold Wednesday, striking out one batter in a scoreless relief inning.

EDGE Analysis

Nicasio has compiled a 2.70 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 71:17 K:BB in 50 innings since the team sent him to the bullpen. The right-hander has become one of the team's most reliable relievers, flashing closer's stuff, though Tony Watson is not in jeopardy of losing his job. Nicasio has already set a major league record with at least one strikeout in his last 31 relief appearances.

Juan Nicasio
P PIT
6 months ago

Nicasio struck out two batters in two scoreless innings Saturday, improving to 10-6. He did not walk a batter.

EDGE Analysis

The righty has pitched much better since the team gave up on him as a starter. As a member of the rotation, Nicasio compiled a 5.05 ERA and 1.42 WHIP with a 63:25 K:BB in 62.1 innings. Throwing out of the bullpen, he's crafted a 3.86 ERA and 1.29 WHIP with a 70:19 K:BB in 49 innings.

Juan Nicasio
P PIT
8 months ago

Nicasio (8-6) gave up an earned run on three hits over two innings in Saturday's 7-4 victory over the Phillies. He struck out three.

EDGE Analysis

With rookie Tyler Glasnow forced from the game after three-plus innings with shoulder discomfort, Nicasio came in to eat up some innings and ended up being credited with the victory. The former starter was sharp, throwing 28 of 38 pitches for strikes and notching first-pitch strikes on six of nine hitters. The 29-year-old has been solid in relief since his move to the bullpen in late June, already tallying three victories and two holds over that span.

Juan Nicasio
P PIT
9 months ago

Nicasio hurled two shutout innings Tuesday, registering his second relief win in the last four days.

EDGE Analysis

Since moving to the bullpen on June 26, Nicasio has thrown 8.1 shutout innings with two holds. So long as Pittsburgh continues to match him up against right-handed hitting, the two-pitch pitcher figures to be a competent option.

Juan Nicasio
P PIT
9 months ago

Nicasio struck out the side on nine pitches in the eighth inning of Monday's game against St. Louis.

EDGE Analysis

He followed up his "immaculate" inning with a ninth-inning flyout and a walk before Pittsburgh turned to Neftali Feliz for the save. Nicasio was only pitching so late in the game because the team rested both Tony Watson and Mark Melancon, but he's pitched better out of the bullpen over the last week -- he could pick up a decent number of holds the rest of the way.

Juan Nicasio
P PIT
9 months ago

Nicasio hurled three scoreless relief innings Monday against the Dodgers.

EDGE Analysis

Since returning from the Dominican Republic and moving to the bullpen, Nicasio has put up back-to-back solid outings. The righty struggles with left-handed hitters and the former starter is likely better suited for relief work for the foreseeable future.

Juan Nicasio
P PIT
9 months ago

Nicasio (personal) was reinstated from the restricted list Friday, Stephen Nesbitt of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Pirates made a flurry of roster moves Friday, but Nicasio's return is likely the most notable. The veteran has lost his spot in the rotation for now after being away from the team for nearly a week, but he will provide a viable arm out of the bullpen.

Juan Nicasio
P PIT
9 months ago

Nicasio (personal) is expected to join the bullpen upon his return, at least temporarily, Bill Brink of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

EDGE Analysis

While manager Clint Hurdle said Nicasio will be back with the team "sooner [rather] than later," he said Nicasio will be available in relief upon his return, suggesting he is out of the running for Sunday's start against the Dodgers. Wilfredo Boscan would presumably get another turn unless Gerrit Cole (triceps) is cleared to bypass a rehab assignment. Nicasio has been rocked for 16 earned runs on 16.1 innings so far in June.