Signed by D-backs as a Minor League free agent (Feb. 8, 2019)...Father, Emilio, was a Dodgers fan after moving to Southern California from Mexico in 1971 to work for a sheet metal company...Goes by "Ricky" in honor of Emilio's favorite player, Rick Monday...At 10, attended a no-hitter tossed by the Dodgers' Kevin Gross vs. Giants on Aug. 17, 1992.
Signed with the Royals as a Minor League free agent on March 9 and was released on March 24...Appeared in 2 Cactus League games (1 start), going 0-1 with a 19.64 ERA
Made 21 starts for Twins before being traded to Angels on Aug. 1...In final six starts of year, went 4-2 with a 1.47 ERA (43 IP - 7 ER)...Earned wins in each of fi nal three starts and did not allow an earned run in fi nal 21 innings pitched...Retired fi nal 12 batt ers of start on Aug. 31 and fi rst 16 batt ers of next start on Sept. 6…Streak of 28 consecuti ve batt ers reti red was longest for an Angels pitcher since Mike Witt 's perfect game in 1984...Earned fi rst Angels win on Aug. 31 vs. Reds aft er tossing fi ft h career shutout and 11th career complete game...Became fi rst pitcher since George Brunet in 1969 to toss shutout for Angels and also earn a win against Angels in same season...Four pickoff s on season ranked ti ed for second most in A.L.
Began second season with Minnesota and was club's number two starter....Made one start before being placed on 15-day disabled list April 11 with right elbow inflammation....Made one rehab start for Single-A Cedar Rapids; returned from rehab and reinstated May 2....Won five straight games May 2-25, tied for second longest win-streak of career....Recorded 100th career victory May 25 vs. Boston, also surpassing 1,500 career innings pitched in that start. ...Placed back on 15-day disabled list June 4 with a right ankle impingement...had ankle surgery July 13, performed by Dr. Robert Anderson....Transferred to 60-day disabled list July 8, making room on 40-man roster for Ryan O'Rourke; reinstated September 25.
Made third career Opening Day start and Twins debut March 31 at Chicago-AL, allowing five runs on 10 hits in 6.0 innings pitched, two walks and four strikeouts and was dealt the loss...Earned first win as Twin April 12 vs. Kansas City, allowing one run on five hits in 8.0 innings pitched...Tossed 10th career complete game May 2 vs. Baltimore, allowing three runs on nine hits but was dealt the loss, the second complete game loss of his career...Placed on 15-day disabled list July 8 with a right elbow strain...made two rehab starts for Single-A Cedar Rapids August 5 and 10; returned from rehab and reinstated August 15...Threw season-high 117 pitches September 11 at Cleveland, tied for seventh most of career, allowing one run on six hits in 7.0 innings pitched but was issued the loss...Pitched 8.0 shutout innings September 16 vs. Detroit, but did not factor into the decision, allowing five hits, one walk and five strikeouts...Ranked second on Twins staff in strikeouts (115), and third in starts (27) and innings pitched (159.0).
Was Marlins Opening Day starter April 1 at Washington, allowing two runs on three hits in 6.0 innings pitched and was dealt the loss. Set season-high with 11 strikeouts twice - May 19 vs. Arizona and August 28 vs. Chicago-NL. Struck out 1,000th batter of career in final start with Marlins July 3 at Atlanta, fanning Brian McCann in the sixth inning. Acquired by Dodgers via trade July 6, along with an international signing bonus slot valued at $197,000, in exchange for pitchers Steven Ames, Josh Wall and Angel Sanchez...at time of trade he was Marlins franchise leader in wins (81), starts (197), innings pitched (1225.2) and strikeouts (1001). Earned 10th win August 23 vs. Boston, pitching 8.0 shutout innings with two hits allowed ... became one of eight major league pitchers to reach double-digit victories in each of the last six seasons, joining Jered Weaver, Justin Verlander, CC Sabathia, James Shields, Mark Buehrle, Tim Lincecum and Zack Greinke. Won career-high seven consecutive decisions August 1-September 9, going 7-0, 1.59 ERA (51.0 IP, 9 ER) in eight starts; streak included a record of 5-0, 1.64 ERA (38.1 IP, 7 ER) in six August starts. Made first career postseason start in Game 4, October 15 vs. St. Louis...allowed three runs on three hits in 4.0 innings pitched with one walk and four strikeouts; two of the three runs came on a Matt Holliday two-run homer. Combined to go 13-11, 3.70 ERA (199.1 IP, 82 ER) with 46 walks and 165 strikeouts in 33 starts for Miami and Los Angeles-NL combined ... went 8-3, 3.52 ERA (87.0 IP, 34 ER) in 16 games (15 starts) for the Dodgers. Tied for second in the NL in starts (33), one of eight NL pitchers to reach 33 starts.
Was named Co-Player of Week for National League for second time in career (Sept. 3-9)...Went 2-0 in two starts, including a shutout at Washington on Sept. 9...Also had a 0.56 ERA (16.0 IP/ 1 ER) during week, with 10 strikeouts to one walk...Shut out Washington at home Aug. 28 and in D.C. on Sept. 9, winning by scores of 9-0 and 8-0, respectively...According to ELiAS, was first pitcher to throw a pair of shutouts in one season against the same team, each won by margin of eight or more runs, since Britt Burns for the White Sox against the Indians in 1985...Burns shut out Cleveland three times that year, by scores of 8-0, 5-0 and 10-0...Set new single-season high with three complete games; previously had two each in 2009 & '11...Also had multiple shutouts for first time in career, tossing both against Washington on Aug. 28 & Sept. 9...Set career high with 20.1 innings without a walk, from second inning on Aug. 21 at Arizona until first inning on Sept. 9 at Washington...Despite setting single-season high with 47 walks, had ninth-fewest free passes among NL pitchers (min. 30 starts)...Earned win on July 6 at St. Louis for 96th career quality start, breaking a tie with Dontrelle Willis for most quality starts in Club history...Also surpassed Willis that night formost innings pitched in Club history, finishing with 1025.2; Willis had 1022.2...Finished season as Franchise leader in wins (76), innings pitched (1113.1), starts (179), quality starts (100) and strikeouts (911).
Became Marlins' career strikeout leader on August 23 vs. Cincinnati; surpassed DontrelleWillis (757) with an eight-strikeout performance...Reached 4-0 on May 24 at San Francisco, falling just short of a complete game bygoing 8.1 innings against the Giants. After that outing, his 10th of season, his ERAstood at 3.04 (68.0 IP/23 ER) and opponents were batting .258 (65x252) with sevenhome runs. After June 1, went 6-11 with a 5.14 ERA (133.0/76)...Had two complete games, tying single-season high (2009). They came in a span ofthree starts, on June 29 (at Oakland) and July 9 (vs. Houston)...On July 31 at Atlanta, a 3-1 win, allowed 12 of Atlanta's 13 hits, but surrendered justone run over 6.2 innings. Was first time in Club history team gave up 13 hits in a gameand allowed one run or less.
In his fifth Major League season, posted a 14-9 record with a 4.51 ERA and one complete gamein 26 starts for the Marlins. The 14 wins was one short of his career high in 2008 while his ERA wassecond-lowest in his career. He led the club in wins for the second time in the last three years (15in 2008) ... Since the start of the 2008 season, ranks seventh among National League starters in wins with 42 ... Ranks second in Marlins history in wins (54), third in strikeouts (638), fifth in innings pitched (716.1)and tied for fifth in games started (115). He owns the Franchise record for wins by a right-handedpitcher, earning his 50th career win on July 21 and surpassing A.J. Burnett's previous record of49 ... Over his career, has issued 2.12 walks per nine innings to mark the lowest in Marlins history. Ranksthird in strikeouts per nine at 8.02 ... Tossed his fourth career complete game on April 17 at Philadelphia. Allowed just five hits andone run with three walks and four strikeouts ... Ended the first half with a season-best four game win streak, earning wins in his final four starts.The win streak is one short of a career-high, done from June 10 to July 12, 2008 ... Paired with Josh Johnson to become the only two pitchers in Club history to record at least ninewins prior to the break. Their nine first half wins are tied for the fifth-most in Franchise history.Dontrelle Willis had 13 in 2005 while Nolasco (2008), Ryan Dempster (2001) and Chris Hammond(1993) each had 10 ... Over his first eight starts of the season, went 4-2 with one complete game and a 3.59 ERA (52.2IP/21 ER) ... In his final 15 starts, went 9-5 with an ERA of 4.47 (88.2 IP/44 ER). He walked just 21 while strikingout 95 in that span ... Recorded quality starts in 16 of his 26 starts. When tossing at least 6.0 innings, posted a 14-2record and 2.75 ERA (124.1 IP/38 ER) in 18 games. Improved to a perfect 10-0 in 10 starts whengoing 7.0-or-more innings ... Did not record a decision in only three games: April 7 at New York, April 12 vs. Cincinnati andJune 6 at New York ... In 15 road starts, posted a 10-3 record and 3.86 ERA (93.1 IP/40 ER). From June 23-August 17, wonseven consecutive road decisions. He was the first National League pitcher since CarlosZambrano in 2006 to win as many consecutive road starts within the same season. - Elias ... The 10 road wins tied Alex Fernandez for the third-most by a Marlins pitcher, behind Carl Pavano's12 in 2004 and Dontrelle Willis' 11 in 2005.
Led the staff and established career highs in complete games (2) and strikeouts (195), while rankingsecond in wins (13) in his 31 starts. Among National League starters, ranked seventh in strikeouts(195) Was optioned to triple-A New Orleans on May 23 after beginning the season with a 2-5 recordand 9.07 ERA (43.2 IP/44 ER) in nine starts...With the Zephyrs, posted a 1-1 record and 2.40 ERA (15.0 IP/4 ER) in two starts. Tossed 8.0 inningcomplete game in his first start, May 27 at Las Vegas, taking the loss after allowing only three runson six hits with two walks and seven strikeouts. Earned the victory in his second start, June 1 vs.Round Rock, going 7.0 innings with only one run allowed on six hits with one walk and five strikeouts...After being recalled on June 7, went on to compile a 11-4 record and 3.82 ERA (141.1 IP/60 ER)in 22 starts. Provided quality starts in 15 of his last 22 assignments after having only one in his firstnine to start the season...Ranked sixth among NL starters with 9.49 strikeouts per nine innings, which marked a Marlins single-season record. A.J. Burnett was the previous leader with a 8.94 mark in 2002...Walked 2.14 batters per nine innings, 10th in the NL. Also ranked fifth on the Marlins single-seasonlist...Struck out 10-or-more batters five times this season: July 5 vs. Pittsburgh, July 22 at San Diego,August 18 at Houston, September 19 at Houston and September 30 at Atlanta. Since the start of2008, he owns the second-most 10+ strikeout games in the National League (10), behind TimLincecum (17)...On September 30 at Atlanta, struck out a club record 16 Braves. He struck out the side in the 3-5 innings, giving him nine straight strikeouts, which was one shy of the ML record. He became justthe fourth pitcher ever and third in the modern era to strike out nine straight, joining Tom Seaver(10, 1970), Jake Peavy (9, 2007) and Mickey Welch (9, 1884). The 16 strikeouts were the most byany pitcher at the Major League level since Johan Santana struck out 17 Texas Rangers onAugust 19, 2007. The Marlins previous record for strikeouts in a game was 14, done twice by A.J.Burnett (July 26, 2005 vs. Milwaukee and August 29, 2006 vs. Colorado)...Tossed his third career complete game, and second of the season, on August 18 at Minute MaidPark. He surrendered two runs on three hits with no walks and 10 strikeouts...Threw 7.0 innings on September 19 at Cincinnati, surrendering two runs on four hits with one walkand 10 strikeouts. The 7.0 innings broke a Major League record stretch of 29 consecutive gameswhere a Marlins starter failed to pitch at least 7.0 innings. That start marked the seventh timeover the last two seasons that Nolasco had double-digit strikeouts and one or fewer walks, tyingTim Lincecum for the most such games since the start of 2008...Held the Pittsburgh Pirates scoreless over 8.0 innings, allowing only three hits with two walks whilestriking out 12 batters on July 5 at Sun Life Stadium. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, onlytwo other pitchers in Marlins history have recorded at least 12 strikeouts in a scoreless outing ofat least eight innings: Brad Penny in 2001 and Dontrelle Willis in 2006. Owns nine 10+ strikeoutgames in his career, all coming in the last two seasons...He tossed a 5.0 inning complete game on June 18 against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.The only hit he allowed was a first inning home run by Kevin Youkilis. It marked the sixth completegame in Marlins history where the starting pitcher went 6.0 or fewer innings and first sinceDontrelle Willis did so on April 30, 2005 at Philadelphia.
Established career-bests in every category as he became theeighth starter in Marlins history to record 15-or-more wins in aseason...also became the 11th starter in franchise history torecord 200.0-or-more innings in a single season...He started the season by making two appearances out of thebullpen, tossing 5.2 scoreless innings...allowed two hits in 3.0innings, March 31 vs. New York...also threw 2.2 scoreless innings,April 6 vs. Pittsburgh, allowing only one hit...Inserted into the starting rotation, April 11 at Houston...earnedfirst win of the season after allowing six runs (five earned) onseven hits (two home runs) with two walks and twostrikeouts...opened the season with a 1-3 record and 7.46 ERA(25.1 IP/21 ER) through his first five starts...lowered his ERA from aseason-high 6.46 on April 17 to his season-low 3.52 on the finalday of the season...From May 9 through the end of the season, was tied withCincinnati's Bronson Arroyo for the second most wins in theNational League (14), one behind Chicago's Ted Lilly...posted acareer-best five game win streak, June 10-July 7, where heowned a 1.83 ERA (44.2 IP/9 ER)...also had four-game win streak(five starts), May 9-May 31, posting a 2.76 ERA (29.1 IP/9 ER)...He was awarded Bank of America Co-Player of the Week forJune 16, with Pittsburgh's Ryan Doumit, as he went 2-0 with 1.23ERA, marking his first career Player of the Week honor...Over his last 27 starts, went 14-5 with 3.08 ERA (181.1 IP/62 ER),while posting a 10-4 record and 2.83 ERA (146.1 IP/46 ER) overhis final 21 starts...he recorded the fourth most quality starts inthe NL (23), including 12 straight to finish the season...Marlinswent 21-11 in games that he started...Tossed first career complete game, shutting out the SanFrancisco Giants, Aug. 19 at AT&T Park...walked one while strikingout 11 batters, surrendering only two hits...his completegame snapped a stretch of 301 games that the Marlins hadgone without a complete game, as the previous Marlins CGwas provided by Anibal Sanchez, Sept. 16, 2006 at Atlanta...Struck out a season-high 13 batters, August 2 vs. Colorado...the13 strikeouts equal the second most K's in a single game in franchisehistory, as AJ Burnett had two 14 strikeout performances...Tallied 51 strikeouts in August to set a new franchise record formost strikeouts in any month...no other pitcher in the history ofthe Marlins had ever reached the 50 strikeout mark, as KevinBrown previously owned the record of 47 in May, 1997...Issued the ninth fewest walks in the NL among starters with 20-or-more starts...from July 28-Aug. 24, he struck out 51 battersand issued only three walks...according to Elias Sports Bureau,during the expansion era (since 1961), only six other pitchershad a six-start span during which they struck out at least 50 batterswhile issuing no more than three walks: Jim Kaat (1967),Ferguson Jenkins (1970 and 1971), Pedro Martinez (2000), RoyOswalt (2001), Curt Schilling (2001 & '02) and Ben Sheets (2004)...Held right-handed hitters to a .239 (89x372) average and 20home runs, while lefties hit .238 (103x433) with eight homeruns...his .240 average against ranked 12th among NationalLeague starters.
Compiled 11-11 record with 4.82 ERA in 35 games (22 starts) during first Major League season...finished fourth among Marlins pitchersin wins, starts, innings (140.0) and strikeouts (99)...finished sixth on the team in games pitched and tied for second in losses...finishedamong National League rookie leaders in wins (T-4th), innings (5th), starts (7th) and strikeouts (7th)...One of four Marlins rookies to win 10 games, becoming the first quartet of rookie 10-game winners in ML history...Went 9-10 with 4.96 ERA in 22 starts...made first Major League start on May 17 at Atlanta, allowing two runs (unearned) on five hits with three walks and two strikeouts in 3.2 innings before leaving without a decision...made second start on May 22 vs. Chicago (NL), and earned first win as starting pitcher after yielding one earned run on four hits with two walks and three strikeouts in 7.0 innings...won three straight starts from July 17-28, reaching the 7.0 inning plateau in all three wins vs. Washington (July 17), vs. Pittsburgh (July 22) and at Philadelphia (July 28)...recorded 10th win on August 8 at Washington...was one of four rookie pitchers on club to record 10 wins, joining Scott Olsen (12-10), Josh Johnson (12-7) and Anibal Sanchez (10-3), making the Marlins the first team in Major League history to have four rookie pitchers with 10 wins...Nolasco, Olsen, Johnson, Sanchez and Dontrelle Willis (12-13) became the firstgroup of five Marlins pitchers to all record 10 or more wins in a season...Was 2-1 with 3.98 ERA in 13 relief outings...began season in bullpen and went 2-1 with a 4.15 ERA in 11 appearances before joining starting rotation on May 17...made Major League debut on April 5 at Houston, working 3.0 scoreless innings with one hit, two walksand two strikeouts out of the bullpen...earned first ML win on April 26 at Chicago (NL), tossing 2.0 scoreless innings in relief with onehit and four strikeouts...took first ML loss on May 2 vs. Philadelphia, giving up four earned runs in 0.2 innings out of the pen...heldopponents scoreless in four straight relief outings from May 3-12, compiling 7.0 scoreless innings at Washington (May 3), vs. St. Louis(May 7), vs. Atlanta (May 10) and at Pittsburgh (May 12)...after making 19 consecutive starts, re-joined bullpen for two appearances in September...held Philadelphia without a hit or run with two strikeouts in 2.0 innings on September 9...allowed one earnedrun in 1.0 inning on September 12 vs. New York (NL)... five of the 11 (45.5 percent) runners he inherited later scored...Recorded career-high seven strikeouts in two games, June 3 at Colorado and July 22 vs. Pittsburgh...Batted .171 (7x41) with one home run and five RBI...recorded first Major League hit with a fourth-inning home run off Sean Marshall of the Cubs on May 22 at Dolphin Stadium...went 2x3 with home run and two RBI in that game...he became the second Marlinspitcher ever to homer for his first ML hit, joining Tony Saunders who homered off Tom Glavine for his first hit on May 8, 1997...hebecame the first Major League pitcher to homer for his first hit since Zak Greinke did so with Kansas City on June 10, 2005...he wasthe first National League pitcher to do so since John Van Benschoten of Pittsburgh on August 23, 2004.
Spent season with West Tenn (AA) in the Chicago Cubs organization...went 14-3 with 2.89 ERA in 27 starts...recorded 173 strikeouts and walked 46 batters in 161.2 innings...Led Southern League in strikeouts and finished tied for first with 14 wins...finished third in league with 2.89 ERA and 161.2innings...named Southern League Pitcher of the Year...named to Southern League All-Star team...was ranked the No.7 prospect in the Cubs organization by Baseball America
...Won first eight decisions, going 8-0 with 2.64 ERA in first 17 starts...won six straight starts from April 13 to May 10...sufferedfirst loss of season on July 17 against Mississippi, allowing seven earned runs on eight hits in 3.0 innings...won three consecutive starts from August 24 to September 3...Was twice named the Southern League Pitcher of the Week...took home the honors for the week of July 4-10 and again from August 29 to September 5...Batted .120 (6x50) with three RBI...recorded one double, but fanned in 22 of 50 at-bats.
Split season between Iowa (AAA) and West Tenn and went a combined 8-7 with 5.24 ERA in 28 starts ... recorded a combined 143 strikeouts in 147.2 innings ... went 6-4 with 3.70 ERA in 19 starts with West Tenn ... recorded 115 strikeouts in 107.0 innings... was 2-3 with 9.30 ERA in nine starts at Triple-A.
Spent entire season with Daytona (A) and went 11-5 with 2.96 ERA in 26 starts ... recorded 136 strikeouts in 149.0innings ... named Florida State League Pitcher of the Month for July, after going 4-0 with 0.68 ERA in the month.
Went 7-2 with 2.48 ERA in 15 starts with Boise (A) ... fanned 92 batters in 90.2 innings ... named the 16th-best prospect in the Northwest League by Baseball America.
Began career with the Cubs' Arizona League affiliate ... went 1-0 with 1.50 ERA in five games (four starts).