Astros Sign Fernando Nieve

The Astros have signed Fernando Nieve to a minor league contract, reports's Brian McTaggart (Twitter links). Nieve has already passed his physical and will report to minor league camp.

Nieve, 28, was released by the Pirates just two days ago after allowing 17 hits in just 7 1/3 Spring Training innings. Last year for the Mets, he posted a 6.00 ERA, 8.1 K/9, 4.7 BB/9, 2.1 HR/9, and 37% groundball rate in 42 innings. 18.5% of his flyballs left the yard, a rate that led all of MLB among those with at least 40 innings. Nieve also made eight starts in Triple-A, posting a 5.63 ERA. Pittsburgh signed him to a minor league pact back in December.

The Astros originally signed Nieve out of Venezuela back in 1999, and five years ago he was their third-best prospect according to Baseball America.

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6 Comments on "Astros Sign Fernando Nieve"

4 years 5 months ago

Things are looking good for your team when you quickly sign a cast-off from the Pirates organization. Welcome back, Fernando!

4 years 5 months ago


4 years 5 months ago

He had a good spring for him – 17 hits in 7 innings worth 2m

4 years 5 months ago

17 hits in only 7 innings!!!!!… oh….wait… he’s a pitcher. This sucks.

4 years 5 months ago

Good move. Was a nice project originally with Astros. Can’t hurt the ml club.

4 years 5 months ago

good fastball..before manuel started sitting him for weeks at a time and making him a starter for whatever reason he was actually having a good start to the season out of the pen and was pretty reliable going out there close to every game for the better part of the first 2 months of the year