Sep 27, 2014; Detroit, MI, USA; Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Ricky Nolasco (47) pitches in the first inning against the Detroit Tigers at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports
Last season was nothing short of abysmal for the former Miami Marlins ace. Nolasco was brought over on the largest free-agent contract ever offered by the Twins, and he did nothing short of falling flat on their investment. A season removed, and more time to settle in, it’s time for Nolasco to turn it around.
Although never a dominant pitcher in the National League, he was incredibly serviceable and should be expected to return to that form. Much of the talk a season ago was that Nolasco pitched much of the season at less than 100% health. With time on his side, and rest as his weapon, Spring Training will be about Nolasco looking like the sharper, more refined pitcher he was known to be when the Twins signed him.