Marlins add Justin Nicolino, other prospects to 40-man roster

Left-hander Justin Nicolino was 14-4 with a 2.85 ERA in Double-A last season.

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The Miami Marlins added five minor leaguers, including top prospect Justin Nicolino, to their 40-man roster Thursday afternoon.

Nicolino, the organization’s Pitcher of the Year, went 14-4 with a 2.85 ERA in 28 starts with Double-A Jacksonville in 2014. The left-hander, who turns 23 Saturday, led the Suns to the Southern League title. He was acquired in the 2012 blockbuster trade with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Left-hander Adam Conley, selected in the second round of the 2011 draft out of Washington State University, dealt with elbow tendinitis this season. Between Single-A Jupiter and Triple-A New Orleans, the 24-year-old posted a 3-6 record and 5.92 ERA in 13 games (12 starts).

Right-hander Domingo German, who pitched a perfect inning at the Futures Game during All-Star Weekend in Minneapolis, was a free-agent signee from the Dominican Republic. The 22-year-old cruised in Single-A Greensboro, going 9-3 with a 2.48 ERA in 25 starts.

Right-handed reliever Matt Ramsey, acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays midseason for three international bonus slots, went 0-2 with a 1.95 ERA in 20 games (13 finished) for the Suns. In 27 2/3 innings, he struck out 34 batters and walked seven. The 25-year-old was drafted in the 19th round by the Rays in 2011 out of the University of Tennessee.

Austin Barnes, who turns 25 next month, joins J.T. Realmuto, Jeff Mathis, Rob Brantly and Jarrod Saltalamacchia as catchers on the 40-man roster. Barnes, taken in the ninth round of the 2011 draft, hit .304 with 31 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs and 57 RBI in 122 games between Jupiter and Jacksonville.

Thursday marked the deadline for teams to add Rule 5 Draft-eligible players to their 40-man rosters. If the team didn’t do so, a player who has spent four years with a minor-league contract, originally signed when 19 or older or five years when signed before the age of 19, is eligible to be chosen by any team in the Rule 5 Draft during the offseason.

The Seattle Mariners claimed left-hander Edgar Olmos in a corresponding move. The 24-year-old went 0-1 with a 7.20 ERA in his five big-league outings — all in 2013. Olmos, a third-round pick in 2008 out of Birmingham High School in Los Angeles, is 15-37 with a 4.50 ERA in seven minor-league seasons. He spent 2014 between Jacksonville and New Orleans. 

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