Friday, June 5, 2009

Fernando Nieve promoted

The Mets have promoted Fernando Nieve to replace J.J. Putz in the bullpen (source Daily News) . Nieve was starting in AAA, where he made four starts with a record of 3-0 and an ERA of 3.70

The Mets claimed Nieve during spring training, when the Astros cut him.

Here's what I wrote about him when he was claimed...

Prior to the 2006 season Nieve was ranked as the #5 Astros Prospect and given a B grade by John Sickels. That season, he would make it to the majors and appear in 40 games ( 96 innings) with 11 starts, his record was 3-3 with a 4.20 ERA. In
2007 he would under go Tommy John Surgery and not return until the end of 2008 where he would appear as a reliever in 11 games with an ERA of 8.44.

This spring in 4 2/3 innings he had an ERA of 11.57 with a record of 0-1. I'm not sure if they just got tired of Nieve not living up to his potential or they felt they needed the roster room ( only 37 players on the 40 man ) despite having options he was cut. He's a 26 y/o right hander who projected as a middle of the rotation starter but has also served as a longman and right handed reliever. He's a hard throwing, strikeout pitcher who tops out around 96mph on his fastball.....