Ricky Nolasco has frustrated a lot of fantasy owners the last few seasons. The underlying peripherals look terrific, but the results haven't been there. As much as I emphasize stats, watching a pitcher can also give you a good gauge of whether he can be relevant.
Every time I watch Nolasco I am impressed. He's got great stuff a yet the numbers haven't translated yet to a big season. Nolasco missed the final month last season due to a torn meniscus in his right knee that required surgery.
Believe it or not, Nolasco actually has three straight winning seasons, but it's just another example of why we can't measure pitchers by wins. Nolasco is the type of player who burned people in the past and they will autuomatically cross him off their draft lists. Don't make that mistake.
Nolasco has great control and often times that can burn a pitcher because they are throwing a lot of strikes. That was a factor last season as he had a 1.37 HR/9.
He had a 5.06 ERA in 2009 and 4.51 last season. He had a 3.35 Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) ERA in 2009 and a 3.86 mark last season, which shows he should be better.
The strikeout-to-walk ratio is something you should always examine when evaluating a pitcher and it’s always high for Nolasco. He had an 8.39 K/9 and a 1.88 BB/9 last season. Even with the poor ERA he had a WHIP the last three seasons of 1.10, 1.25 and 1.28.
I still think Nolasco can put it all together one season. There is hope and I would still draft him. He passes the eye and skills test.