Saturday, October 23, 2004

Fernando Nieve Report

Fernando Nieve, RHP, Houston Astros
Signed as an Undrafted Free Agent, Venezuela
Bats R/Throws R
22 YO, 6'0", 195 lbs

He didn't disappoint this season after being rated as the #5 Astros prospect by Baseball America last season. He actually had a really nice season, putting up a 2.96 ERA with 117 K's to 40 walks. He allowed less than a hit per inning, and even threw 2 shutouts.

BA loves his fastball and reports that he's really developed a killer curveball. He's a small guy, but that doesn't bother me much. This is a good prospect, probably the best pitching prospect the Astros have.

ETA: Late 2006
3 1/2 Stars

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