Nieve while with the New York Mets
Southern Maryland Blue Crabs – No. 20
July 15, 1982 |
Puerto Cabello, Venezuela
|April 4, 2006 for the Houston Astros|
(through 2010 season)
|Earned run average||4.61|
Fernando Alexis Nieve [knee-EH-veh] (born July 15, 1982) is a Venezuelan professional baseball pitcher, for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Astros and New York Mets and in Korean Baseball Organization (KBO) for the Doosan Bears. He is a right-handed pitcher.
Nieve was signed by the Houston Astros as an amateur free agent in 1999. After two seasons in the Venezuelan Summer League he came to the U.S. to play for the rookie league Martinsville Astros. He was a Texas League all-star in 2005 with the Corpus Christi Hooks, when he was 4–2 with a 2.65 ERA in 14 starts. He made his major league debut with the Houston Astros on April 4, 2006 against the Florida Marlins. He made his first start on April 16 against the Arizona Diamondbacks and picked up his first win on May 2 against the Milwaukee Brewers. He was 3–3 in 40 appearances, 11 starts with the Astros in 2006, with a 4.20 ERA. He missed the 2007 season with after undergoing Tommy John surgery and returned to appear in 11 games in 2008, all in relief and as 0–1 with an 8.44 ERA.
New York Mets
In March 2009, Nieve was claimed off waivers by the New York Mets and was called to the major league team in June when reliever J. J. Putz was placed on the disabled list. In, 2010, due to his early workload, Mets' TV announcers began referring to him as "Nightly" Nieve. He was designated for assignment on July 23, 2010. After he was let go by the Mets He rejoined the organization and pitched in the Buffalo Bisons rotation.
Return to Astros
Los Angeles Dodgers
Nieve was a non-roster invitee to the Indians' spring training camp in 2013. His contract was purchased by the Indians on April 21, 2013. He was designated for assignment the next day without making an appearance.
Nieve was traded to the Oakland Athletics for cash considerations on August 3, 2013. He was assigned to the AAA Sacramento RiverCats. He became a free agent on October 1. He re-signed on November 18, 2013.
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
On June 13, 2014, Nieve signed a minor league deal with the Angels.
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- October 2013 minor league transactions