In the big leagues, Nicasio pitched to a 4.14 ERA and 3.65 FIP in 71.2 innings with the big club. His season ended on August 5th last year when an Ian Desmond comebacker struck him on the right Temple before he could react. Amazingly, less than six months after suffering a fractured vertebra in his neck that required surgery and a permanent metal plate in neck, Nicasio is back on the mound in the Dominican Republic. He's throwing in front on an L-screen still, but hopes to face live hitters without a screen sometime before spring training.
Nicasio still has that last hurdle of defenselessly facing hitters remaining, but if he can overcome that and hold on to a spot in the Rockies rotation then he's going to be in consideration for the Comeback Player of the Year award.