Pirates Release Fernando Nieve

The Pirates released pitcher Fernando Nieve, reports Colin Dunlap of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.  The 28-year-old righty struck out eight and walked two in 7 1/3 spring innings, but somehow also managed to allow 17 hits.

Last year for the Mets, Nieve 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.  He signed a minor league deal with the Pirates on December 1st.

Five years ago Nieve was the Astros' third-best prospect in the eyes of Baseball America.  Back then he was said to have a plus fastball and slider, and a comparison to Ugueth Urbina was considered a positive.

9 Responses to Pirates Release Fernando Nieve Leave a Reply

  1. Rick Garcia 4 years ago

    Wow what a name drop with Urbina

  2. Smrtbusnisman04 4 years ago

    Come on! At least outright the guy to AA. Trust me, we need help in the bullpen if Resop is transformed into a starter.

  3. Resop as a starter is better than Ohlendorf as a starter. I’d go Morton, Burres, Correia, Maholm and McDonald…not necessarily in that order. Cutting ties with Ross will show me that the “new Pirates regime” is serious…

    • goner 4 years ago

      I’m not sure that Resop > Ohlendorf as a starting pitcher, but Ohlendorf’s arbitration win as a Super Two does seem to make it more likely he’ll get non-tendered or traded sooner rather than later.

  4. Lesson? Don’t pick up Astros prospects. They pick up your prospects.

  5. East Coast Bias 4 years ago

    Yikes! You have to be bad if even the Pirates don’t want you.

  6. Rick Garcia 4 years ago

    he’s currently serving a 7 yr sentence in a venezuelan prison for attacking farmers with a machete and gasoline

  7. Jerry Manuel nearly killed Nieve

  8. Sounds like a simple misunderstanding to me.

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