Justin B. Nicolino...Twitter: @J_Nicolino22...Instagram: @innicolinon49b4...wife, Jordan, daughter, Maddox Lane...attended University High School in Orlando, graduating in 2010.
Began season in Miami's spring training the sixth of career (all with Marlins) ... Designated for release or assignment March 25 and claimed off waivers by Cincinnati, reporting to Triple-A Louisville where he spent entire season ... Set season-high with 8.2 innings pitched May 26 vs. Durham; removed after throwing 107 pitches ... Placed on 7-day disabled list August 14 with left forearm strain; reinstated August 22 ... Ranked second on Louisville staff in innings pitched (134.1), starts (24), and fourth in strikeouts (86) ... Declared free agency November 2 and signed with Minnesota in early February.
Split seventh professional season between Triple-A New Orleans and Miami, combining on a 7-8 record and 3.90 ERA (127.0 ip/55 er) over 34 appearances (22 starts)...With NOLA, went 5-5 with 3.19 ERA (79.0/28) in 14 starts. In 20 games over two stints with Miami, which included eight starts, went 2-3 with 5.06 ERA (48.0/27)...Established Major League career high with 20 appearances. In eight starts, went 2-2 with 5.23 ERA, while in 12 relief outings was 0-1 with 4.70 ERA (15.1/8)...Opened season with New Orleans and made seven starts before being recalled to Miami on May 14. In those seven starts, went 1-3 with 4.46 ERA (38.1/19)...Struck out season-high six on April 11 at Iowa. Equaled mark on July 9 vs. Oklahoma City and August 6 vs. El Paso...Following recall, made three starts before going on 10-day disabled list with a left index finger contusion. Allowed six runs and 13 hits over 13.0 innings in those three starts...In final start before landing on DL, took comebacker off left hand. Placed on DL on June 1 (retro to May 31), missing 17 games before being reinstated on June 18. Made one rehab start with Single-A Jupiter, allowing two runs over 6.0 innings in a June 13 win at St. Lucie...Made three appearances, two starts, with Miami after his reinstatement before being optioned to NOLA on June 30...In final seven starts with Baby Cakes, went 4-2 with a 1.99 ERA (40.2/9)...Tossed season-high 7.0 innings on April 21 vs. Iowa, allowing three runs on seven hits (one home run) with a walk and three strikeouts. Equaled season high with 7.0 innings on July 31 at Sacramento. Allowed three runs (two earned), seven hits and one walk, while striking out two... Recalled by Miami for second and final time on Aug. 11. Started first three games before moving to 'pen for rest of season...Tossed career-high 2.2 innings of relief on Sept. 10 at Atlanta. Of his 12 relief outings, six were more than 1.0 inning.
Split season between Miami (13 starts, 18 appearances) and Triple-A New Orleans (14 starts)...Went 3-6 with 4.99 ERA (79.1 ip/44 er) for Miami and 7-6, 4.13 (85.0/39) for Zephyrs... Had four stints with the Major League club after beginning season in New Orleans: April 27-June 18; July 1-8; August 28; September 6- season... As a starter, went 2-6 with a 5.48 (70.2/43) for Miami...First start was on April 27 at Dodgers. Went 7.1 scoreless innings and allowed just two hits and two walks while striking out two and earning win in 2-0 victory... Also earned win in second start of season, on May 3 vs. Arizona. Allowed four runs on seven hits (one home run) while walking three across 6.0 innings... Set career high with six strikeouts on May 25 at Tampa Bay and June 10 at Arizona...After final recall on Sept. 6, spent remainder of season in bullpen and went 1-0, 1.04 ERA (8.2/1) across five appearances. Allowed just one run on five hits and struck out seven while walking three...In first career relief appearance on September 13 at Atlanta, tossed 2.0 scoreless-innings of relief, allowing no hits and striking out two... Snapped career-long six-game losing streak on Sept. 13 at Atlanta... In five outings out of the 'pen posted a 7.27 strikeout per nine and a .167 average against, compared to 3.82 so/9 and .322 avg in 13 starts.
Split fifth professional season between Triple-A New Orleans and Miami, combining on a 12-11 record and 3.71 ERA (189.0 ip/78 er)...Established professional highs in games started (32) and innings pitched, besting marks of 28 and 170.1, respectively, in 2014...Began season at New Orleans, posting 2-0 record and 0.79 ERA (22.2/2) in four April starts. Made six starts in May, going 2-1 with 2.79 ERA (38.2/12)...From April 15-May 1, allowed just one unearned run over 24.0 innings pitched...Recalled for first time on June 20 and made Major League that night, holding Cincinnati scoreless over 7.0 innings...Allowed just four hits while walking two and striking out two...Equaled Brad Penny for longest start by a Marlins' pitcher in his Major League debut, as Penny went 7.0 on April 7, 2000 vs. Colorado...Also became fourth starter to allow no runs in ML debut, following Josh Beckett (6.0 ip), Anibal Sanchez (5.2) and Adalberto Mendez (6.0)...Became 10th Marlins starter to win ML debut, with last being Anthony DeSclafani on May 14, 2014 at Dodgers. DeSclafani happened to be the opposing pitcher in Nicolino's ML debut...Optioned to NOLA on June 30 and recalled again on August 11...In four start stretch from Aug. 17-Sept. 1, did not allow more than two runs in any start, going 2-1 with 1.98 ERA (27.1/6)...Struck out season-best four in Aug. 22 no-decision against Philadelphia at Marlins Park. Went season-high 7.2 innings in outing, allowing two runs on five hits (one home run) and a walk...His Sept. 20 start at Washington was his fifth road start of the season, and first in which he took the loss. Went 4-1, 3.20 (39.1/14) on road...His 0.87 ERA (20.2/2) over the first three road outings was the best mark in Club history for a pitcher through his first three career road starts. - Stats LLC
Posted 14-4 record with 2.85 ERA (170.1 IP/54 ER) in 28 starts with Double-A Jackson-ville to earn Marlins' Minor League Pitcher of the Year honors...Led Southern League in wins, ERA, WHIP (1.07) and BB/9 rate (1.01) to earn Southern League Pitcher of the Year Award and Southern League Postseason All-Star honors...Earned win in Game 3 vs. Chattanooga to clinch Southern League Championship, throwing 6.2 scoreless innings and allowing seven hits and two walks...Had 24.0-scoreless innings streak from fourth inning on July 24 vs. Birmingham to August 9 vs. Mississippi...Named Southern League Midseason All-Star after going 6-2, 3.38 ERA (82.2/31) in 14 starts before the All-Star break...Tossed ?rst career shutout June 21 vs. Birmingham, allowing ?ve hits with four strike-outs; was named Southern League Player of the Week (June 16-22)...Earned Southern League Player of the Week honors for July 28-August 3, going 2-0 in 14.0 scoreless innings, including his second career shutout July 29 at Montgomery...Went 3-0, 2.65 ERA (34.0/2) in ?ve starts (one shutout) during June to earn Marlins' Organizational Pitcher of the Month Award...Held opponents to one walk or less in 22 of 28 starts
Spent two-thirds of first season in Marlins' organization with Single-A Jupiter, earning Florida State League Pitcher of the Year honors for his 18 starts with Hammerheads...Made 10 of first 11 starts with Jupiter on road, and 13 of 18 overall...Was 3-2, 2.84 (66.2 IP/21 ER) on road, and 2-0, 0.90 (30.0/3) at home...Did not earn first win with Jupiter until eighth start, on May 14 at Tampa; began a five-game winning streak over span of nine starts, through July 1...Allowed one or no runs in 11 starts with Hammerheads...Held opponents to a .213 average (16x75) with runners in scoring position with Jupiter; that climbed to .389 (21x54) in nine starts with Double-A Jacksonville...Made final start for Jupiter on July 13, a 6.0-inning complete game loss at Daytona, and was promoted to Jacksonville...Lost first two starts for Suns, allowing 11 runs (nine earned) over 8.0 innings combined, before rebounding with wins in two consecutive starts, and three-of-four...Struck out career-high 13 batters in August 16 win over Birmingham, first of two consecutive starts with no runs allowed (13.0 IP combined).