High Point Rockers (independent Atlantic League) left-handed pitcher Justin Nicolino is headed to the Reds’ Triple-A affiliate, the Louisville Bats, after purchasing his contract, today the team announced.
Nicolino, 30, posted a 4-1 record with a 2.06 ERA in six starts with the Rockers.
He won his first three starts against Lancaster (4/27), Long Island (5/3) and York (5/8) before suffering a loss at Long Island in a 1-0, fog-shortened six-inning game. Nicolino won his most recent start against Lexington on May 19, striking out seven hitters in 5.1 innings of work.
“We couldn’t be happier for Justin,” High Point manager Jamie Keefe said in a press release. “He has been absolutely dominant this season. He’s fully healthy for the first time in six or seven years and he has been such a valuable part of this team. We couldn’t ask for any more than what Justin provided our club.”
The Toronto Blue Jays selected Nicolino out of high school in the second round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft. He made his Major League debut with the Miami Marlins on June 20, 2015. The Orlando, Fla., native has posted a 10 and 13 MLB mark over three seasons with the Marlins from 2015-17.
— Jerry Del Priore
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