Kyle Nicolas

Born: February 22, 1999
Height: 6’4″
Weight: 223
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 2nd Round, 61st Overall, 2020 (Marlins)
How Acquired: Trade (with Marlins)
College: Ball State University
Agent: N/A

Miami selected Nicolas in the 2020 draft with its Competitive Balance Round B pick.  Baseball America rated him 68th in the draft pool.  At the time he had a mid-90s fastball that reached triple digits, but he generally throws 92-95 now.  He features two above-average breaking balls.  He’s tried to develop a change, but without much success.  The Pirates acquired Nicolas in the Jacob Stallings trade.


The pandemic kept Nicolas out of action.  BA rated him 17th in the Marlins’ system after the season.

A+:  3-2-0, 5.28 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 59.2 IP, 3.6 BB/9, 13.0 K/9
AA:  3-2-0, 2.52 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, 39.1 IP, 5.7 BB/9, 11.4 K/9

The Marlins assigned Nicolas aggressively to High-A, where he made a dozen starts and one relief appearance.  He had a very high K rate there, but had severe gopher ball problems, allowing 13, or one every four and a half innings.  Five of those home runs came in two bad outings in July.  In his next outing, though, Nicolas fanned ten over six, three-hit innings and Miami moved him up to AA.  He dominated in five starts there before seemingly running out of gas in his last three.  Control was obviously a problem in AA, but opponents batted only .167 and he gave up just three home runs.

AA:  2-4-0, 3.97 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, 90.2 IP, 4.7 BB/9, 10.0 K/9

Nicolas spent the season as a starter at Altoona.  Seeing as how he spent a third of the 2021 season in AA, that’s disappointing.  He didn’t throw a lot of innings, averaging just under four per start after averaging just under five in 2021 in AA.  As you’d expect, the shorter starts went with high pitch counts and walk totals.  Nicolas had a solid season overall, but didn’t really improve over the course of the season, which probably played a role in the lack of a promotion to AAA.  He had a fairly large platoon split, allowing an OPS of .740 to left-handed batters and .625 to right-handed batters.

The 2022 season was more a step sideways than forward for Nicolas.  He could try AAA in 2023 at some point, but the Pirates sent him back for a third stint in AA to start the season.

2023: Minor league contract
Signing Bonus: $1,129,700
MiLB Debut: 2021
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2026
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2023
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
July 11, 2020: Drafted by the Miami Marlins in the 2nd round, 61st overall pick; signed on July 15.
November 29, 2021: Traded by the Miami Marlins with Zach Thompson and Connor Scott to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Jacob Stallings.