Player Page

Nelson Figueroa | Starting Pitcher

Team: International Player
Age / DOB:  (40) / 5/18/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 185
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: Brandeis (MA)
Contract: view contract details
Share: 

Latest News

Recent News

Nelson Figueroa has signed with the Chinese Professional Baseball League.
Figueroa failed to make the Diamondbacks out of spring training and was given his outright release in May. The 39-year-old right-hander will look to continue his career at the International level. He posted a 4.55 ERA over parts of nine seasons in the major leagues. Fri, Jun 21, 2013 11:47:00 PM

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days


Player News

Date:

Diamondbacks reassigned RHP Nelson Figueroa and C Tuffy Gosewisch to minor league camp.

Figueroa missed the majority of spring training due to the World Baseball Classic. He was never a realistic candidate for the Opening Day roster. Gosewisch, 29, could push Wil Nieves for the backup catcher job this season and will open 2013 at Triple-A Reno.
Sat, Mar 30, 2013 09:53:00 AM

Nelson Figueroa helped eliminate Team USA from the World Baseball Classic on Friday by tossing six shutout innings as part of a 4-3 victory for Puerto Rico.

Figueroa wasn't bringing much velocity, but he kept Team USA guessing by working both sides of the plate with precision. The 38-year-old journeyman gave up just two hits and a walk while striking out two. Team USA had plenty of chances after Figueroa left the game, but they failed to capitalize. With the win, Puerto Rico has clinched a spot in the WBC semifinals in San Francisco while Team USA has been eliminated from the tournament.
Fri, Mar 15, 2013 10:40:00 PM

Nelson Figueroa has been blocked by the Puerto Rican Baseball League from playing for the Dominican Republic in the Caribbean Series.

Figueroa, who is of Puerto Rican descent, was on loan by the Puerto Rican League to Leones del Escogido in the Dominican. And now Puerto Rico doesn't want him to compete against their own squad. The 38-year-old right-hander plans to pitch for Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic next month.
Source: MLB.com
Sat, Feb 2, 2013 07:38:00 PM

Diamondbacks signed RHP Nelson Figueroa to a minor league contract.

The 38-year-old right-hander hasn't pitched at the big league level since posting an 8.69 ERA and 2.10 WHIP in 29 innings with the Astros in 2011. He'll serve as nothing more than organizational depth.
Fri, Dec 21, 2012 06:58:00 PM

Red Sox signed RHP Nelson Figueroa to a minor league contract.

Figueroa was released by the Yankees last week after posting a 3.96 ERA and 36/25 K/BB ratio over 72 2/3 innings this season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He'll serve as starting pitching depth with Triple-A Pawtucket.
Tue, Jul 24, 2012 04:04:00 PM

Yankees released RHP Nelson Figueroa.

Figueroa had a 3.96 ERA and 36/25 K/BB ratio over 72 2/3 innings this season with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The 38-year-old right-hander will attempt to keep his career going elsewhere.
Thu, Jul 19, 2012 05:52:00 PM

Yankees signed RHP Nelson Figueroa to a minor league contract.

Evidently the Blue Jays must have cut him loose at some point over the last month, as he failed to make their team as a non-roster invitee but didn't appear for them in the minors. Figueroa, who held an 8.69 ERA in 29 innings last year for the Astros, will offer the Yanks flexibility at Triple-A with the ability to start or relieve.
Thu, Apr 19, 2012 12:20:00 PM

Nelson Figueroa was assigned to minor league camp.

The 37-year-old reliever allowed two hits and issued two walks in two Grapefruit League innings, while striking out no one. Figueroa was a longshot to make the Blue Jays' roster from the get-go after signing a minor league deal in January. He'll try to make himself worthy of an in-season callup from afar at Triple-A Las Vegas.
Mon, Mar 12, 2012 10:10:00 AM

Blue Jays signed RHP Nelson Figueroa to a minor league contract.

He'd earn a $650,000 salary on the big league roster. Figueroa, 37, posted an ugly 8.69 ERA and a 17/16 K/BB ratio over 29 innings with the Astros last season before being granted his release in early-August. He's likely a longshot to make the Opening Day roster.
Thu, Jan 19, 2012 02:50:00 PM

Pirates signed RHP Nelson Figueroa to a minor league contract.

Figueroa was released by the Astros last week. The 37-year-old right-hander opened the season in the starting rotation, but was designated for assignment in early-May after posting a 8.89 ERA and 14/14 K/BB ratio over 27 1/3 innings. He will serve as depth at the Triple-A level.
Tue, Aug 23, 2011 05:47:00 PM

Astros released RHP Nelson Figueroa.

Figueroa opened the 2011 season in the Astros' starting rotation, but he posted an 8.89 ERA and 14/14 K/BB ratio over 27 1/3 innings, and was designated for assignment by early-May. The 37-year-old will seek a gig elsewhere.
Thu, Aug 18, 2011 07:25:00 PM

Astros sent RHP Nelson Figueroa outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Figueroa was designated for assignment Monday but cleared waivers and will stay in the organization. He posted an 8.89 ERA and 14/14 K/BB ratio over 27 1/3 innings with the Astros before being sent out.
Thu, May 12, 2011 02:55:00 PM

Astros designated RHP Nelson Figueroa for assignment.

Figueroa was removed from the starting rotation at the end of April and hasn't been much better out of the bullpen. He gets the boot after posting an ugly 8.89 ERA and 14/14 K/BB ratio over 27 1/3 innings. He has enjoyed some success in the past, so it will be interesting to see if another team makes a claim.
Mon, May 9, 2011 11:32:00 PM

Nelson Figueroa has been bumped from the Astros' rotation in favor of rookie Aneury Rodriguez.

Figueroa drew a vote of confidence from Houston manager Brad Mills earlier this week, but the right decision has finally been made. The 36-year-old posted a 8.28 ERA and 2.00 WHIP over five starts. Rodriguez will make his first major league start on Tuesday against the Reds. Figueroa will move to the bullpen.
Sat, Apr 30, 2011 08:14:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
1B1Nick Evans
2Brett Pill
3Jesus Guzman
4Mauro Gomez
LF1Fred Lewis
RF1Nick Evans
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Miles Mikolas
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Luis Mendoza