Nieve while with the New York Mets
|Born: July 15, 1982|
Puerto Cabello, Venezuela
|MLB: April 4, 2006, for the Houston Astros|
|KBO: May 7, 2011, for the Doosan Bears|
|MLB: July 21, 2010, for the New York Mets|
|KBO: October 6, 2011, for the Doosan Bears|
|Earned run average||4.61|
Fernando Alexis Nieve [knee-EH-veh] (born July 15, 1982) is a Venezuelan former right-handed professional baseball pitcher. He played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Houston Astros and New York Mets and in Korea Baseball Organization (KBO) for the Doosan Bears.
- 1 Career
- 1.1 Houston Astros
- 1.2 New York Mets
- 1.3 Pittsburgh Pirates
- 1.4 Return to Astros
- 1.5 Doosan Bears
- 1.6 Los Angeles Dodgers
- 1.7 Cleveland Indians
- 1.8 Oakland Athletics
- 1.9 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
- 1.10 Sugar Land Skeeters
- 1.11 Guerreros de Oaxaca
- 1.12 Rojos del Águila de Veracruz
- 1.13 Generales de Durango
- 1.14 T&A San Marino
- 1.15 Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos
- 1.16 Coaching Career
- 2 See also
- 3 References
- 4 External links
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 River Cats. 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.
Sugar Land Skeeters
Nieve signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters for the 2015 season.
Guerreros de Oaxaca
Rojos del Águila de Veracruz
Generales de Durango
T&A San Marino
Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos
Nieve retired and became the pitching coach of the GCL Pirates for the 2019 season.
- Martino, Andy (23 July 2010). "Nieve DFA'd, Acosta on the way". New York Daily News. Archived from the original on 26 July 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
- "Fernando Nieve's profile". rotoworld.com. Archived from the original on February 22, 2009. Retrieved December 1, 2010.
- "Korea: Doosan Signs Pitcher Fernando Nieve". baseballdeworld.com. Retrieved 25 July 2011.
- October 2013 minor league transactions
- "La T&A ingaggia il pitcher Fernando Nieve".