Nelson Figueroa signed a minor league contract yesterday.
The newest member of the Indians, pitcher Nelson Figueroa, made the start tonight at Victory Field, but suffered the loss despite a solid debut performance. Figueroa pitched 7 innings, in his first game since August 2nd, allowing 2 runs on 6 hits and 3 walks, while striking out 2 Columbus Clippers batters. Clippers' starter Mitch Talbot had an even better night, though, taking the win with 7 shutout innings.
Figueroa has pitched here in Indianapolis before, and he has also been in the Pirates' organization before. Back in 2002, when the Indians were the Milwaukee Brewers' AAA affiliate, Figueroa made 6 starts for the Tribe, earning a 5-0 record and a 3.63 ERA. He also made 30 appearances for the Brewers that season, 11 of which were starts. He earned a 1-7 record and a 5.03 ERA for the Brewers. A Brooklyn native, Figueroa was the Mets' 30th round draft pick...
Nancy grew up in Rochester, NY, where her father indoctrinated her to the love of baseball as a small child. He taught her to keep score at the age of 5, and she hasn't stopped since. She now lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two sons. Nancy has followed the Indians on both the Most Valuable Network and the Bloguin group, before joining Pirates Prospects in 2011. She provides daily game recaps from Indianapolis, plus player analysis from the guys she sees live at the games.