Ricky Nolasco, Miami Marlins
Ricky Nolasco began his career as a 4th round pick of the Chicago Cubs. In 2005, he led the Double A Southern League in strikeouts (173) and wins (14), compiling a 2.89 ERA in 27 starts. Later that year, he was acquired by the Marlins in a trade that sent Juan Pierre to the Chicago Cubs.
In 2006, Nolasco, along with Anibal Sanchez and fellow Sosnick Cobbe clients Josh Johnson and Scott Olsen, formed the first quartet of rookies in Major League history to each win at least 10 games in a single season. After battling arm troubles in 2007, Nolasco posted a 15-7 record in 2008, setting personal bests in virtually all categories. Nolasco's 2009 season was highlighted by his final start of the year, when he struck out 16 batters in a win against the Braves.
Following the 2010 season, the Marlins rewarded Nolasco with just the second multi-year deal for a pitcher in club history when he signed for a guaranteed $26.5 million over three years. Along with Josh Johnson, Nolasco gives the Marlins two legitimate number one starters at the front of their rotation.
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Matt and Paul have been with me from the very beginning. I've always been proud to be part of the Sosnick Cobbe family.
- Ricky Nolasco