Fernando Nieve - #38
27 years old (28 in July)
4th major league season
6'0" 215 pounds
Bats R/Throws R
The Good: His fastball sits in the low 90s and can hit 96 mph, while also featuring a slider and a change-up. He needs his change-up to be his main out-pitch. Is a fly-ball pitcher who lives in the upper-half of the zone, which explains why he has let up 24 HRs in 143 major league innings. In his 1st 3 starts for the Mets (after being released by the Astros in spring training), he allowed only 3 runs over 20 2/3 innings.
The Bad: Walks too many people (4.66 W/9) and gives up too many home runs. Tore his quadricep muscle on July 19th and missed the remainder of the season. Also had Tommy John surgery in 2007. His walk rates and home run rates haven't changed over the past four years, which isn't a good sign. After those three games discussed above, he allowed 10 runs in the next 15 innings.
Role: Swing man/long reliever. Looks like he should be a good pitcher, but needs to improve his control/command before that happens. Is out of options, so needs to stay on the 25 man roster or the Mets will probably lose him to waivers.
My Projected Stats: 60 innings, 1.55 WHIP, 4.80 ERA, 50Ks, 30 BB