SOUTH KOREA – The Doosan Bears have signed a replaced for Ramon Ramirez (who was released prior to the season) in 28 year-old Venezuelan ???Fernando Nieve.
Nieve was originally singed by the Houston Astros in 1999. He made his Major League debut in 2006 with the Astros. He pitched parts of 4 seasons in the big leagues compiling an 8-11 record with a 4.61 ERA appearing in 99 games with 19 starts. Used mainly as a starter in the minor leagues he went 64-45 with a 3.75 ERA over 198 games (160 starts).
Nieve spent the 2010 season with the NY Mets pitching 40 games out of the bullpen and making 1 start. He spent the winter playing for the Navegantes del Magallanes in the Venezuelan Winter League where he compiled a 0-4 record and a 5.79 ERA in 9 games (8 starts).
He joins one of the better pitchers in the league in fellow foreigner Dustin Nippert on the staff of the Bears.
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.