Tue, 18 Feb 2014 16:04:54 -0800
Colorado Rockies SP Juan Nicasio has gained his top-end velocity in the offseason while pitching in the Dominican Republic and due to the fact that he wasn't stuck rehabbing all winter. "I have power," Nicasio said. "I hit 98, 97 (mph). The lowest it was last year was 88 or 89, I think. You're going to see." However, SPs Franklin Morales, Jordan Lyles and Christian Friedrich are all fighting this spring to take away Nicasio's rotation spot.
Nicasio developed the reflex of pulling back his head at the end of his delivery ever since he was struck by a line drive that fractured his skull in August of 2011, and it led to a lack of finish to his fastball and robbed him of downward movement on his offspeed offerings. He also dealt with a knee injury for much of last season.
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 21:03:31 -0800
Colorado Rockies SP Juan Nicasio said Monday, Feb. 17, that he is open to wearing a padded cap, which is available from Major League Baseball this season. He suffered a fractured skull and broken neck in 2011 when he was struck by a line drive. He said he wants to test the padded cap in spring training games.
Sun, 16 Feb 2014 18:35:53 -0800
Colorado Rockies P Franklin Morales heads to spring training with hopes of winning a spot in the team's rotation. He is part of a group trying to unseat SP Juan Nicasio as the team's fifth starter. "I know what I can do, and right now, I have my confidence back," Morales said. "What I need to do is make my pitches and throw the ball down and see what happens."
Fantasy Tip: Morales was a starter until 2009, but has just 25 starts in 195 big league appearances. Should he win the fifth starter job for the Rockies, his fantasy appeal would still be limited to deeper NL-only formats.
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 08:49:56 -0800
The Colorado Rockies avoided arbitration with SP Juan Nicasio Friday, Jan. 17, by agreeing to a one-year, $2.025 million deal.
Wed, 17 Jul 2013 20:44:39 -0700
Colorado Rockies SPs Drew Pomeranz and Juan Nicasio will work Monday, July 22, and Tuesday, July 23, against the Miami Marlins.
Fantasy Tip: If your head-to-head fantasy leagues uses the three-day shortened week after the All-Star break, avoid Pomeranz and Nicasio. The good news is that both pitchers, barring any weather interruptions, will be two-start pitchers in the scoring period starting July 22.
Wed, 10 Jul 2013 11:30:46 -0700
Colorado Rockies SP Juan Nicasio was scratched from his Wednesday, July 10, start for Triple-A Colorado Spring, putting him in line to start on Friday, July 12, in place of SP Roy Oswalt (hamstring).
Fantasy Tip: Nicasio looks like the guys, but he has simply been too hittable to be considered for fantasy purposes, despite good ratios.
Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:00:07 -0700
The Colorado Rockies placed SP Roy Oswalt (hamstring) on the 15-day disabled list Monday, July 8.
Fantasy Tip: This was one of the fears that fantasy owners likely had if they were hesitant to own Oswalt. It's unclear who will replace him in the rotation, but Jeff Francis and Juan Nicasio are likely the best options.
Fri, 28 Jun 2013 13:54:05 -0700
The Colorado Rockies activated RP Rafael Betancourt (groin) from the 15-day disabled list Friday, June 28, and optioned SP Juan Nicasio to Triple-A Colorado Springs in a corresponding move.
Fantasy Tip: Betancourt will be immediately moved back to the closer role, so get him back into your lineups. Rex Brothers is worth holding onto in deeper leagues in the event Betancourt is traded before the deadline.
Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:42:45 -0700
Colorado Rockies SP Drew Pomeranz will be recalled from the minors to make the start Sunday, June 30.
Fantasy Tip: Juan Nicasio's poor performance has earned him a demotion. Pomeranz has pitched very well at Triple-A Colorado Springs lately and deserves a pickup in NL-only leagues immediately.
Wed, 26 Jun 2013 13:17:10 -0700
Colorado Rockies SP Juan Nicasio isn't guaranteed to make his next start Sunday, June 30, after he allowed a career-high 12 hits in his last start. SP Drew Pomeranz is the likely candidate to replace Nicasio in the rotation. "We will continue to reassess this situation," manager Walt Weiss said. "It's tough in this league when you don't have consistent fastball command. Juan has a good fastball, but you have to command it up here."
Fantasy Tip: Add Pomeranz in NL-only formats for the time being, if he isn't owned already. There's still plenty of risk in mixed leagues, though. If Pomeranz can regain his grounder inducing ways, he'll be worth a look.