Fernando Alexis Flores Nieve…is married, Leticia, and has two children, Valeria and Fernando … originally signed with the Astros as a 16-year-old, non-drafted free agent out of Venezuela.
Began the season at Triple-A Columbus in the Cleveland organization and was 5-3 with a 1.81 ERA in 22 games, including two starts, when he was traded to the A's organization for cash considerations, Aug. 3…was assigned to Triple-A Sacramento and logged a 1-0 record and 2.19 ERA in seven games, one start…also had a one-day stay with Cleveland in April but did not appear in a game…combined for a 6-3 record and a 1.89 ERA in 29 games, three starts, overall…struck out 64 batters in 57.0 innings, an average of 10.11 per nine innings … walked 14 for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.57…allowed a .208 opponents batting average, including .161 (14-for-87) against left-handed hitters compared to .242 (29-for-120) against right-handers…surrendered four of his five home runs to righties…four came with the bases empty…yielded a .108 batting average with runners in scoring position at Columbus but had a .313 mark at Sacramento for a .170 average overall … opponents hit .180 with a .255 on-base percentage when leading off an inning…was 0-1 with a 2.13 ERA in his three starting assignments, 6-2 with a 1.83 ERA in 26 relief appearances…allowed 2-of-9 (22.2%) inherited runners to score…tossed two or more innings in 12 of his 26 relief appearances, including three or more innings five times…made five starts in the Venezuelan Winter League following the season…had no decisions and a 0.75 ERA in three starts with Margarita in October and then went 0-2 with an 11.57 ERA in two starts with Caracas at the end of November … combined for a 4.74 ERA.
MINORS: His first appearance of the season was a start and loss at Indianapolis April 7…had seasonhighs in innings (6.0), walks (2) and strikeouts (7) but allowed just one earned run…each of his next 16 appearances came in relief…tossed 4.0 inning scoreless innings in his second outing of the season in the second game of a doubleheader April 13 against Indianapolis, his longest outing as a reliever…had a 1.38 ERA in three appearances when he was selected by Cleveland April 21…did not pitch before he was designated for assignment April 22 and outrighted back to Columbus April 24…went 4-0 over his first nine games following his return and allowed just run in 16.1 innings over that span (0.55 ERA)…compiled a 0.95 ERA in five game in April and then logged a 3-0 record and a 1.32 ERA in nine relief appearances in May…matched his season-high with two walks May 21 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre…was placed on the disabled list May 30 with a left abdomen strain and missed the entire month of June… was reinstated July 2 and went 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA in eight games in July … including his second start of the season, a no decision at Indianapolis July 13 (2.2 ip, 3 h, 2 r, 2 er, 3 so)…was traded to the Oakland organization for cash considerations Aug. 3…tossed a perfect inning of relief in his first outing Aug. 5 against Round Rock for the win … yielded a season-high five hits Aug. 10 at Omaha…allowed a season-high five runs, all unearned, in 1.0 innings Aug. 19 against Tucson … made his only start with Sacramento in the second game of a doubleheader at Colorado Springs Aug. 23…had a no decision in a 4-1 win, allowing an unearned run in 4.0 hitless innings…did not walk a batter and struck out four.
Spent the season with the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Triple-A affiliate of the LA Dodgers after coming into Major
League camp as a non-roster player...Best month was July, going 2-0 with a 2.17 ERA in 5 starts (29.0IP, 23H, 7ER,
8BB, 30K)...Averaged 8.1 strikeouts per 9.0 innings pitched for the season.
Spent a majority of the season pitching for the Doosan Bears in the Korean Baseball Organization... ... appeared in 25
games going 3-6 and a 6.09 ERA
... Finished the season tied for third on the team with six saves...also fanned 66 batters which ranked fourth amongst Bears
... Started the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City (Houston) where he made three starts for the RedHawks, going 1-2 with
a 7.63 ERA before being granted his release.
Spent majority of season with New York (NL)...Made 39 of his 40 appearances in relief...Did not allow a run
in his first four games (4.0ip) before being charged with three runs in 0.1ip on 4/13 at Colorado...Was scored upon just twice in his
first 16 appearances...Failed to retire the two batters he faced while suffering first loss on 4/16 at St. Louis...Worked a career-high
10.2 consecutive scoreless innings from 4/17 to 5/3...Worked 1.1 scoreless frames while earning first win on 4/19 vs. Chicago
(NL)...Became the first pitcher in Mets history to appear in 19 of the club's first 30 games with his outing on 5/8 vs. San
Francisco...Made lone start on 5/29 at Milwaukee; allowed five runs, including two home runs, in 2.0 innings while also being
charged with the loss...Struck out a career-high four batters in relief while also earning second and final win on 6/22 vs. Detroit...Was
designated for assignment on 7/23 and outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo for remainder of the season on 7/28...Struck out seven batters
while picking up first win with Buffalo on 8/11 at Scranton-Wilkes Barre...Earned second and final win with Bisons in next start on
8/16 at Pawtucket...Went 0-for-2 at the plate while playing with the Mets...Went 0-4 with a 5.79 ERA (32.2ip/21er) in nine games
(eight starts) while pitching for Navegantes del Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League.
Went to Spring Training with the Astros...Was claimed off waivers by the Mets
on March 13th and assigned to Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League...
Promoted to Buffalo (AAA) of the International League on May 18th and the
Mets purchased his contract on June 5th...Placed on the 15-Day Disabled List on July 20th with a muscle tear in his right
thigh and did not pitch for the rest of the season...Tore the muscle during his
start on July 19th at Atlanta...Finished the season with the best
ERA of his career (2.95)...Major league batters went hitless
against him with runners in scoring
position and two outs (0-10)...Made his Mets debut on June 6th
with 2.0 scoreless innings out of the
bullpen in a 7-1 loss at Washington...
Allowed one hit and struck out two...Beat the Yankees, 6-2, on June 13th,
going 6.2 innings, allowing five hits
and two runs...It was his first win
since June 25, 2006 at Chicago (AL)
and his first win as a starter since June
9, 2006 vs. Atlanta...The 6.2 innings
was the righthander's longest outing
since the June 9th start vs. Atlanta...The start at Yankee Stadium was his
first since June 15, 2006 at Chicago
(NL)...Received a no-decision in the
3-2 win, allowing six hits and two
runs in 5.2 innings...Beat Tampa Bay on June 19th, in the
5-3 win, he went 6.0 innings and
allowed just one run and three hits,
while striking out three and walking
three...Defeated St. Louis with 6.0 shutout
innings on June 24th at home to
establish a career-best three-game
winning streak...Became the first Mets pitcher to win his first three starts with
the team since Jorge Sosa in 2007...Tied his career-best scoreless streak with the 6.0 shutout innings on June 24th...Allowed a career-high 11 hits in 3.1 innings at Milwaukee on June 29th...Lost
for the first time in a Mets uniform...Did not allow a run in the first inning to
extend his scoreless streak to a career-best 7.0 innings...Tied his career-high with six walks on July 4th at Philadelphia...Also issued six
base on balls on May 17, 2006 vs. San Francisco...Went at least 6.0 innings in each of his four starts at Buffalo, winning his first
three turns...On the day of his promotion to the Bisons, he made the start at
Pawtucket and earned the 9-2 win with 6.0 innings of two-run ball...Allowed
three hits and six walks, while striking out seven...Went 2-4 with a 2.42 ERA in 10 games, eight starts for Caribes de Anzoategui
in the Venezuelan Winter League...In 52.0 innings, he notched 52 strikeouts.
Went 0-1 with an 8.44 ERA (10 earned runs/10.2 innings pitched) and 12
strikeouts in 11 appearances out of the bullpen for Houston...Had two stints with Houston: May 16th-May 25th and September 1st-September 28th.
Made five starts for Triple A Round Rock, going 1-3 with a 6.23 ERA (15ER/21.2IP)...underwent successful surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament on his right elbow on April 28...did not pitch the remainder of the season.
Finished the season 3-3 with a 4.20 ERA in 40 games (11 starts) for the Astros...was 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA (13ER/34.2IP) in 29 relief appearances, limiting opposing hitters to a .213 average...posted a 3.13 ERA (8ER/23IP) in 21 second-half appearances, limiting opposing hitters to a .200 average...2-3 with a 4.67 ERA (32ER/
61.2IP) as a starter...last started on 6/15 at CHI (5.2,6,2,2,0,0)...the Astros were 7-4 in his 11 starts...pitched 0.1 scoreless inning and stranded two runners on 9/25 at PHI...struck out two during 1.0 inning on 9/22 vs. STL...walked three consecutive batters and allowed two runs in 0.2 inning on 9/20 vs. CIN...retired all three batters faced in three appearances from 9/16-19...pitched a scoreless 9th on 9/9 at MIL, his first big league outing since 8/19 at MIL...activated from 15-day DL on 9/6...placed on the DL (right elbow hyperextension) on 8/20...was 0-0 with a 1.00 (1ER/9IP) ERA in six August games...tossed 2.0 innings with one run on 7/7 vs. STL, matching his career-high innings as a reliever...earned the win in relief on 6/25 at CWS, tossing 1.1 scoreless frames...snapped a three-game skid with the win on 6/9 vs. ATL...tossed a career-high 7.1 innings and struck out a career-high nine batters...started in place of injured Roy Oswalt in his last start on 6/4 vs. CIN...Oswalt was scratched after his bullpen session and Nieve had minutes to get ready for his start...tossed 5.0 innings, allowing two runs (5,4,2,2,1,2)...allowed two runs on six hits in 5.2 innings during his final start on 6/15 at Wrigley Field vs. the Cubs...turned in his first quality start in seven chances, allowing two runs on three hits in 7.0 innings on 5/23 at WSH...allowed career-highs in runs (7), earned runs (6) and walks (6) in 3.2 innings on 5/17 vs. SF...received no-decision on 5/12 vs. COL...allowed one run on six hits in 5.1 innings in Astros 12-2 win...received first ML loss on 5/7 at COL...allowed five runs on nine hits in 5.1 IP...recorded his first Major League win on 5/2 at MIL, allowing six hits and four runs in a career-high 7.0 innings...walked none and struck out a career-high seven hitters...pitched 4.2 innings, allowing two runs and five hits, on 4/25 vs. LAD in his second career start...did not record a decision in his first big league start on 4/16 at ARI...allowed two or fewer runs in each of his first two starts...tossed 4.0 innings with two runs on four hits...finished Game 2 of the doubleheader vs. SF on 4/13, an 8-0 shutout win for the Astros...needed only two pitches to record the final two outs...allowed two runs and struck out three in 1.2 innings pitched on 4/8 vs. WSH...allowed one hit and walked one in 1.0 scoreless inning in his Major League debut on 4/4 vs. FLA...went 1-1 with a 4.58 ERA (10ER/19.1IP) in nine Spring games and earned a spot on the Opening Day, 25-man roster.
Went 4-3 with a 2.65 ERA (25ER/85IP) at Double A Corpus Christi...made 13 starts at Triple A Round Rock, going 4-4 with a 4.83 ERA (44ER/82IP)...threw two complete-game shutouts for the Express...earned both midseason and postseason Texas League All-Star honors...participated in the MLB Futures Game over the AllStar Break at Comerica Park in Detroit...earned TL Pitcher of the Week honors for Corpus Christi for the week of April 11-17.
Started the season at Class-A Salem and promoted to Double A Round Rock in August...made three starts for the Express, finishing 2-0 with a 1.56 ERA (3ER/17.1IP)...notched 17 strikeouts...fanned a season-high eight batters six times - last, Aug. 31 with Round Rock vs. Wichita...made 24 starts at Salem and posted a 10-6 mark...ranked third in the Carolina League with a 2.96 ERA and fifth with 117 strikeouts...ranked fourth in the league wtih 149.0 innings, and tied for the league lead with two complete games and two shutouts...also led the Avalanche in ERA, strikeouts and innings pitched...named a Carolina League All-Star...named Salem's Pitcher of the Month in May after going 2-2 with a 2.00 ERA (8ER/36IP) and 36 strikeouts...tossed two complete-game shutouts: Game 2 of a doubleheader on May 20 vs. Winston-Salem (7.0IP, 4H); and a one-hit, 9.0 inning shutout on Aug. 8 vs. Frederick...pitched for Oriente Carires in the Venezuelan Winter League, finishing 3-1 with a 4.64 ERA over eight appearances (five starts).
Led Class-A Lexington with 14 wins to tie the club record for most wins in a season...his 14 wins also led the Astros
organization and ranked second in the South Atlantic League...one of three Legends pitchers to total double-digit
wins...finished the season 14-9 with a 3.65 ERA (61ER/150.1IP)...led Lexington with 144 strikeouts, good for third in the SAL...rated the fifth-best prospect in the Astros organization by Baseball America following the season...struck out eight batters in five innings on Aug. 5 vs. Charleston for the win...went 4-1 with a 1.88 ERA (8ER/38.1IP) in the Venezuelan Winter League in seven starts...topped the Oriente Carires
staff with 46 strikeouts
Led Martinsville in ERA (2.39) and ranked tied for second in starts (13) and second in
innings pitched (67.2) and third in strikeouts (60)...named Appalachian League Pitcher of the Week for July 1-7.
Finished with a 4-2 mark and a 3.79 ERA (16ER/38.0IP) in his first year of professional baseball in the U.S
Led the VSL Astros in innings pitched (79.2, second in league) and strikeouts (64).