This is an open format for any minor league prospect you want to discuss. However, today’s subject is Nicoly Pina. I will continue on an irregular schedule for as long as I stay interested. This will be mostly about low-level prospects, but could include anyone I saw last season. If you have someone in particular you want to hear about, put the name in the comments section. If I’ve seen enough to warrant a post, I’ll strongly consider it.
Nicoly Pina was signed by the Phillies as an international free agent on May 3, 2018 out of the Domincan Republic.
Pina was signed as an 18-year-old. The 6’3, 203 lb., right-handed pitcher began his career as a reliever in his first six appearances in the 2018 Dominican Summer League. He was somewhat effective. In 11.0 innings, he went 0-1 with a save and posted a 4.09 ERA, .205 batting average against, 1.18 WHIP, allowing 8 hits, walking 5 and striking out 15 batters. Three of his 5 earned runs allowed came in one appearance and 4 of his 5 walks came in another.
Pina finished the 2018 season as a starter and opened 11 games. In 43 innings, he went 1-2 and posted a 3.98 ERA, .224 batting average against, 1.47 WHIP, allowing 33 hits, walking 30 and striking out 38 batters. I imagine that the rise in hits and walks per game and the drop in his strike outs per game as a starter had a lot to do with his future role as a pitcher.
In 2019 with the GCL Phillies West, Pina made 15 appearances, 10 as a finisher. He posted a 2-1 record, 3.57 ERA, and 1.302 WHIP. He had a team high 3 saves. In 17.2 innings he walked 14 and struck out 28 batters for a 7.1 BB/9 and a 14.3 K/9. His fastball sits comfortably at 92-95 mph, but he can crank it up to 96 and 97 mph with ease.
The 19-year-old RHP has a seriously big arm. Pina arrived at the Carpenter Complex to little fan fare for 2019 extended spring training. He was under the radar, just another name on the back of a jersey … until his first appearance. The Complex pretty much came to a halt. Everyone stopped what they were doing to come over to Ashburn Field to watch Pina pitch. Many pitchers clamored to learn the 97-mph velocity of his first pitch.
Pina faced 10 batters in his first outing in 2.1 innings. Of the 7 outs he recorded, he struck out 5 batters. That’s the stuff that legends can be built upon.
But, with a youthful, big arm comes youthful control. Aside from his high number of walks, Pina has hit the backstop on Roberts Field on the fly on a couple of occasions.
With his control as suspect as it is, Lakewood would likely be out of the question. Another season at the Complex might be in order, but a season in Williamsport with pitching coach Hector Berrios might be just what is needed.
- Bats right, Throws right
- 6’3, 203 lb.
- Born October 8, 1999 (age 20)
- Int’l FA out of San Juan de la Maguana, Dominican Republic signed on 5/3/2018
- 2018; DSL Phillies Red
- 2019; GCL Phillies West