Tag: Joe Niceley

Closer Lands in Nevada “Niceley”

Reliever Joe Niceley has come to terms with the Nevada Speeders, and will report to the team for Spring Training after signing a 3-year, $24.5 million contract, it was announced today.

The former Montreal Metros closer was the 2016 Woodchuck Trophy winner for the Lake League in his first season with the team, and followed up with a second great year in 2017. Continue reading “Closer Lands in Nevada “Niceley””

Courteau Inks Deal with Metros

Montreal Metros had one pitching gap after the departure of closer Joe Niceley, and they just filled it in a big way with a 2-year, $18 million deal given to former Dallas Deputies’ Jon Courteau.

The 31-year-old from Coram, NY will join an already stacked pitching staff, a traditional feature for the Montreal team.  High profile free agent Ron Alder penned a 6-year deal to join the team just over a week ago, after nine years with the Kingston Cannons, where he left with a 68-44 record and 3.08 ERA. Continue reading “Courteau Inks Deal with Metros”

Top 3 Free Agent Closers

A good closer can make or break a team, as they can often shut down late inning opponent rallies. After the top of the rotation starter, closers are often the best pitcher on the team.

The pairing between an ace at the front of the rotation, and a dominant shut down man can often mean a nearly guaranteed win every five games. Continue reading “Top 3 Free Agent Closers”

Top LL Reliever Honored

Montreal's Joe Niceley won top reliever honors in the LL for 2016
Montreal’s Joe Niceley won top reliever honors in the LL for 2016

The manager of the Montreal Metros said he always had confidence handing the ball to Joe Niceley out of the bullpen.

The 29-year-old was a dominant performer all year for Montreal and his efforts have been rewarded with the Lake League Woodchuck Trophy for 2016.

The bullpen ace had an impressive 0.92 ERA this season, with 20 saves in 35 relief appearances. He fanned 44 batters in 39 innings and sported a record of 4 wins and 3 losses.

Danny Hooten of the Chicoutimi Cinquantes finished second in voting, while Jesus Carrillo of the Boston Brawlers finished third.

Montreal Hold Off Crusaders, Niceley Picks Up 100th Save

Joe-Nicely-RP-MTL-20160802Montreal Metros relief ace Joe Niceley earned a spot in an exclusive club today when he picked up his 100th-career save in the 6-3 victory over the Hamilton Crusaders at Industrials Ballpark.

“When I pitch, it usually means we have a chance to win the ballgame, so I have to always be at my best for the team to win,” the 28-year-old reliever said after stopping the Crusaders on no runs and no hits in his 1 innings of work.

So far, Nicely is having an incredible year with a 0.99 ERA over 27.1 IP, and his 14 saves puts him tied for 3rd in the Lake League.