RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: October 19, 1987
Drafted: 10th round, 309th overall, 2005 (Rangers)
How Acquired: Contract purchased (from independent league team)
High School: San Fernando (CA) HS
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Nevarez was drafted out of high school as a high-upside, high-risk arm. He was an athletic, multi-sport star who threw 92-93, but had no four-year college option. As a pro his velocity increased to 93-95. He also throws a slider and, occasionally, a change. He’s had a lot of arm issues, including Tommy John surgery and recurring shoulder problems. After a trade to the Astros, Nevarez got derailed by major control problems, although Houston seemed to give up on him very quickly. He seemed to recover from the control issues, but teams have continued to show surprisingly lukewarm interest in him, despite very high K rates. Boston signed him at one point and then released him a day later, and nobody signed him when he left the Rays as a free agent. The Pirates acquired him from the independent Wichita Wingnuts.
Nevarez got good results in his first season, giving up very few hits, although his walk and K rates were just OK. He started three times and pitched seven times in relief. Nevarez hurt his arm late in the season.
Nevarez aggravated the arm injury from the previous year and essentially missed the season. He eventually had Tommy John surgery.
Following the elbow surgery, Nevarez missed the entire season.
The Rangers used Nevarez as a swing man in short season ball. He struck out a lot of batters but obviously had severe control problems.
The Rangers moved Nevarez to the bullpen full-time and the move appeared to work, as he got a handle on the control problems and posted a very high K rate. He went to Houston in a waiver trade for Pudge Rodriguez and pitched even better afterward. Baseball America ranked him as the Astros’ 15th best prospect after the season.
The Astros jumped Nevarez up to AA and his control problems returned in a big way. He also missed some time during the season with shoulder problems. Houston outrighted him to the minors after the season.
The Astros sent Nevarez back to AA and, when he continued to walk over a batter an inning, they released him at mid-season. He caught on with Wichita in the independent American Association and dominated in relief there.
Nevarez returned to Wichita and continued to dominate there. In June, the Red Sox signed him, but they released him the next day. The Rays signed him a month later and he dominated in high A and in three appearances in AA, striking out 23 batters in 18.1 IP total, while allowing only five hits.
The Rays sent Nevarez back to AA and he started the season off pitching well, but hurt his shoulder in May and missed the rest of the season. He became a free agent in the off-season but did not sign with any team.
Nevarez went back to Wichita and continued to dominate there until the Pirates acquired him for cash in mid-August. He got into a half dozen games in relief for Altoona and did pretty much what he always has: he struck out a lot of batters, was hard to hit, and had trouble with walks.
The Pirates signed Nevarez though 2015. Otherwise, he’d have been eligible for minor league free agency after the 2014 season. There’s no obvious reason apparent in his track record why he couldn’t reach the majors if he could stay healthy and start throwing a few more strikes.
|2015: Minor league contract|
|Signing Bonus: $58,000
MiLB Debut: 2005
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2015
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: 11/20/2009
Options Remaining: 2 (USED: 2010)
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|June 7, 2005: Drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 10th round, 309th overall pick; signed on June 11.
August 18, 2009: Traded by the Texas Rangers with Jose Vallejo to the Houston Astros for Ivan Rodriguez.
November 20, 2009: Contract purchased by the Houston Astros.
November 24, 2010: Outrighted to AAA by the Houston Astros.
June 23, 2011: Released by the Houston Astros.
June 21, 2012: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Boston Red Sox.
June 22, 2012: Released by the Boston Red Sox.
July 22, 2012: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Tampa Bay Rays.
November 5, 2013: Became a free agent.
August 14, 2014: Contract purchased by the Pittsburgh Pirates.