• Full name Kyle Todd Nicolas
  • Born 02/22/1999 in Massillon, OH
  • Profile Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 223 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School Ball State
  • Drafted in the CB-B round (61st overall) by the Miami Marlins in 2020 (signed for $1,129,700).
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    A 6-foot-4, 220-pound righty out of Ball State, Nicolas showed premium stuff last summer in the Cape Cod League, where he reached 97 mph with his fastball and started improving his breaking ball. Strike-throwing was always a concern with Nicolas, however, and he was erratic with Cotuit in spite of his improved stuff. In 24.1 innings he struck out 31 batters, but he walked 21. After working with first-year Ball State pitching coach Larry Scully in the fall, scouts saw much improved control in Nicolas’ four starts before the 2020 season ended. In 23 innings, Nicolas walked just seven batters (2.74 per nine), which is easily the best walk rate of his collegiate career, and he fanned 37—also a career-high 14.5 per nine rate. Scouts have said Nicolas simplified his delivery and shortened his stride to get the ball in the zone more frequently during his junior season, which has allowed him to have much more success with a fastball that’s regularly in the 93-96 mph range. He pairs that with a slider in the 85-87 mph range, with solid downward bite. The breaking ball has above-average potential, but Nicolas is still developing a feel for the offering. He’s also shown a changeup, but that’s a distant third pitch to his fastball/slider combination. There are starter/reliever questions with Nicolas thanks to his strike-throwing track record, but he has big stuff, a big frame and some aptitude to make the necessary adjustments.

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  • Pittsburgh Pirates recalled RHP Kyle Nicolas from Indianapolis Indians.
  • Indianapolis Indians activated RHP Kyle Nicolas.
  • RHP Kyle Nicolas assigned to Indianapolis Indians from Altoona Curve.
  • RHP Kyle Nicolas assigned to Indianapolis Indians from Altoona Curve.
  • RHP Kyle Nicolas roster status changed by Pittsburgh Pirates.
  • Pittsburgh Pirates invited non-roster RHP Kyle Nicolas to spring training.

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