{}
CLOSE

Now Commenting On:

{"event":["spring_training" ] }

Nicasio seeking command of offspeed pitches

|

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Juan Nicasio has been hit or miss for the Rockies in three Cactus League starts, sandwiching a scoreless start with two perfect innings between two appearances that left much to be desired.

Monday on the road against the Mariners, Nicasio was lacking command, throwing three innings of three-run ball, giving up three walks and four hits, including a three-run shot from Raul Ibanez.

"I wasn't sharp," Nicasio said. "I threw a lot of balls. That's what happens when you get behind hitters."

In his strong second start, Nicasio threw mostly fastballs, but the third time out he was focused on his secondary pitches.

"I threw a lot of sliders and more changeups, but only two or three for strikes," said Nicasio, who sees command of his off-speed pitches as the prime indicator that he's pitching well. "For me [the key] is throwing my breaking ball consistently for a strike. I can throw my fastball wherever I want to. Getting my slider and my changeup down [is critical]."

Nicasio made his big league debut in May 2011, but was limited to 13 starts when he was hit by a line drive on the pitcher's mound in August, breaking his neck. His comeback campaign in '12 was limited to 11 starts when he went on the disabled list on June 3 with a strained left knee.

"He's another one of our guys that's going to be a process, working his way back after missing a lot of time," manager Walt Weiss said. "He threw the ball really well last time out. The next step for him is just commanding his stuff consistently."

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

{"event":["spring_training" ] }
{"event":["spring_training" ] }
Boys and Girls Club of America

©2014 MLBAM, LP. All rights reserved.

The following are trademarks or service marks of Major League Baseball entities and may be used only with permission of Major League Baseball Properties, Inc. or the relevant Major League Baseball entity: Major League, Major League Baseball, MLB, the silhouetted batter logo, World Series, National League, American League, Division Series, League Championship Series, All-Star Game, and the names, nicknames, logos, uniform designs, color combinations, and slogans designating the Major League Baseball clubs and entities, and their respective mascots, events and exhibitions. Use of the Website signifies your agreement to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy (updated May 24, 2013).

View MLB.com in English | En Español