Juan Ramon Nicasio
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 3", Weight 190 lb.
Nicasio was signed by scouts Rolando Fernandez and Felix Feliz for the Colorado Rockies in 2006. He began his professional career that summer, pitching for the DSL Rockies and going 2-1 with a 2.89 ERA in eight games (five starts). With the Casper Rockies in 2007, Nicasio went 0-3 with a 4.36 ERA in 13 games (eight starts). In 2008, he pitched for the Tri-City Dust Devils and went 2-4 with a 4.50 ERA in 12 starts, striking out 61 in 54 innings. He held opponents to a .229 average.
With the Asheville Tourists in 2009, Nicasio went 9-3 with a 2.41 ERA in 18 starts, striking out 115 batters and walking only 23 in 112 innings of work. He led the South Atlantic League in ERA, the first Colorado farmhand to do so since Mike Kusiewicz in 1995. He lost out Most Outstanding Pitcher honors in the SAL to Rudy Owens. Baseball America rated him Colorado's #16 prospect that off-season. He was added to Colorado's 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule V Draft.
He began the 2010 season with the Modesto Nuts.
Nicasio made his major league debut with the Rockies on May 28, 2011, starting against the St. Louis Cardinals. He was outstanding, pitching 7 scoreless innings and getting credit for the win as the Rox won, 15-4. On August 5th, he was hit by a line drive hit by the Washington Nationals' Ian Desmond; the ball hit the left side of Nicasio's head and caromed towards the first base line as Nicasio went down in a heap and stayed down. He had to be removed from the game and was taken to hospital, where he was diagnosed with a fractured vertebra in his neck and underwent surgery the next day. He was 4-4 at the time, with a 4.14 ERA, and did not pitch again that year.
Juan made a comeback at the start of the 2012 season. He struggled a bit in his first couple of starts, but on April 18th earned his first win of the season with 6 1/3 innings in an 8-4 win over the San Diego Padres.