Justin B. Nicolino
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 3", Weight 190 lb.
- High School University High School (Orlando)
- Debut June 20, 2015
Pitcher Justin Nicolino was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the second round of the 2010 amateur draft. He made his pro debut the following year with the Vancouver Canadians. With the Lansing Lugnuts in 2012, he went 10-4 with a 2.46 ERA and was a Midwest League All-Star. Following that season, he was dealt to the Miami Marlins as part of a twelve-player trade.
His first two seasons in the Marlins organization were both excellent, as he was named the Pitcher of the Year in both the Florida State League in 2013, and in the Southern League in 2014. He was 5-2, 2.23 in 18 starts for the Jupiter Hammerheads the first year, before moving on to the Jacksonville Suns to add a 3-2 mark and a 4.96 ERA in 9 games. In 2014, he was 14-4, 2.85 for Jacksonville.
Nicolino started the 2015 season with the New Orleans Zephyrs, then made his major league debut with the Marlins on June 20th in a start against the Cincinnati Reds. He pitched 7 innings of four-hit ball and was credited with a 5-0 win. His opponent that day was Anthony DeSclafani, who had also been part of the 2012 blockbuster trade and had been his roommate in the Marlins organization. He made 12 starts for the Marlins, going 5-4, 4.01 and pitching 74 innings. He started 2016 back in the minors, but once again had an excellent first game in the majors, this time on April 27th. He held the Los Angeles Dodgers scoreless for 7 1/3 innings to earn credit for a 2-0 win.
- 2013 Pitcher of the Year, Florida State League, Jupiter Hammerheads
- 2014 Pitcher of the Year, Southern League, Jacksonville Suns