Mark Anderson profiles former Blue Jays’ prospect Justin Nicolino who moved to the Miami Marlins in the 12-player deal. His projection as a #3-4 with low risk means that his advanced feel for pitching and ability to command his fastball/changeup should allow him to reach the Majors by mid-2014.
BLUF: Quality stuff and tremendous polish for his age make an easy three/four starter projection.
The Player: Justin Nicolino (LHP, Toronto Blue Jays) – The Blue Jays second round pick in 2010, he signed late and didn’t debut until the 2011 short-season. In 52.1 innings with Vancouver, he posted a 1.03 ERA, allowed just 28 hits and eleven walks while striking out 64 batters. He made a three-start cameo at Low-A in 2011 and posted a 3.12 ERA in the process. Returning to the Midwest League in 2012, he finished with a 2.46 ERA, less than a hit per inning and nearly a strikeout for inning.
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Body (6-3, 170): Tall and thin. Average build and some scouts question the physical projection. Has solid strength right now. Average body.
Delivery/Mechanics: Smooth and easy. Almost effortless delivery. Arm works well and has good…
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