Miami Marlins 2014 Spring Training Profile: Justin Nicolino

By Ryan Gaydos
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The Miami Marlins are in a little bit of predicament regarding its farm depth. The organization is not the deepest pool of young talent in the majors, but has enough young pitching that it makes you wonder how the team is going to fit everybody in. Justin Nicolino is part of the organization’s problems.

Miami already has Andrew Heaney ready to go as he is the best left-handed pitching prospect in baseball. However, Nicolino will try to somehow find his way to the major league roster in the near future as well. He will have to convince the front office and manager Mike Redmond that he is better than Nathan Eovaldi and Henderson Alvarez. Other than that, Nicolino does not really fit anywhere.

In his first season in the Marlins organization, he posted a 3.11 ERA in 142 innings pitched. Nicolino is not a flashy pitcher, but gets the job done. His ability to change speeds makes him a good prospect who keeps opposing batters guessing. There is a lot of potential for the 22-year-old.

In fact, there’s so much potential that some people slot him in at the no. 3 or 4 spot by the end of the season. There is going to be a huge fight for the last pitching rotation slot because there are so many candidates for the Marlins to chose from. If not, you could always see the organization turn around and package him in a trade for a hitter to add to the lineup. You never know with the Marlins.

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