KYLE NICOLAS, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: February 22, 1999
Drafted: 2nd Round, 61st Overall, 2020 (Marlins)
How Acquired: Trade (with Marlins)
College: Ball State University
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Miami selected Nicolas in the 2020 draft with its Competitive Balance Round B pick. Baseball America rated him 68th in the draft pool on the basis of a mid-90s fastball that has reached triple digits, and an above-average slider. He’s tried to develop a curve and change, but both remain fringy pitches. Progress with one or the other will probably determine whether he’s ultimately a starter or reliever. The Pirates acquired Nicolas in the Jacob Stallings trade.
The pandemic kept Nicolas out of action. BA rated him 17th in the Marlins’ system after the season.
The Marlins assigned Nicolas aggressively to High-A, where he made a dozen starts and one relief appearance. He had a very high K rate there, but had severe gopher ball problems, allowing 13, or one every four and a half innings. Five of those home runs came in two bad outings in July. In his next outing, though, Nicolas fanned ten over six, three-hit innings and Miami moved him up to AA. He dominated in five starts there before seemingly running out of gas in his last three. Control was obviously a problem in AA, but opponents batted only .167 and he gave up just three home runs.
Nicolas spent the season as a starter at Altoona. Seeing as how he spent a third of the 2021 season in AA, that’s disappointing. He didn’t throw a lot of innings, averaging just under four per start after averaging just under five in 2021 in AA. As you’d expect, the shorter starts went with high pitch counts and walk totals. Nicolas had a solid season overall, but didn’t really improve over the course of the season, which probably played a role in the lack of a promotion to AAA. He had a fairly large platoon split, allowing an OPS of .740 to left-handed batters and .625 to right-handed batters.
The 2022 season was more a step sideways than forward for Nicolas. He should try AAA in 2023.
|2023: Minor league contract
|Signing Bonus: $1,129,700
MiLB Debut: 2021
MiLB FA Eligible: 2026
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2023
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|July 11, 2020: Drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 2nd round, 61st overall pick; signed on July 15.
November 29, 2021: Traded by the Miami Marlins with Zach Thompson and Connor Scott to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Jacob Stallings.