Former Driller Making Impression At Highest Level
After a 2010 season in High-A Modesto leading the league in innings (177.1) and strikeouts (171) Juan Nicasio was promoted to Double-A Tulsa in the beginning of the 2011 season. It was expected from the Colorado Rockies organization that Nicasio would have to build on a successful 2010 season if the native Dominican wanted to pitch in the big leagues. What wasn’t expected is that Nicasio would make his major league debut before the All-Star break in 2011.
Nicasio began the season going 5-1 with the Drillers through nine starts in 2011, compiling 63 strikeouts in only 56.2 innings pitched while posting a 2.22 earned run average, tops in the Texas League.
On May 28, 2011 Juan Nicasio made his debut for the Colorado Rockies against the St. Louis Cardinals at Coors Field. He went seven strong innings allowing only six hits and one unearned run, recording his first major league victory.
Over the last month Nicasio has been a spark plug-in the Rockies starting rotation going 3-1 with a 4.10 earned run average in seven starts with the club.
As the Drillers try to clinch the Texas League North in the second half and a playoff berth, unfortunately for Drillers fans it’s not looking like Nicasio will be back any time soon to help.
The Tulsa Drillers will be back at ONEOK Field on July 14th taking on the Arkansas Travelers at 7:05 PM.