Juan Nieves was born on Tuesday, January 5, 1965, in Santurce, Puerto Rico. Nieves was 21 years old when he broke into the big leagues on April 10, 1986, with the Milwaukee Brewers. His biographical data, year-by-year hitting stats, fielding stats, pitching stats (where applicable), career totals, uniform numbers, salary data and miscellaneous items-of-interest are presented by Baseball Almanac on this comprehensive Juan Nieves baseball stats page.
"He (Juan Nieves) was the best student I had in my clinic. He played the outfield and first base and pitched. He had the ability, and he was very intelligent. He could assimilate the game good. Like, I'd show him how to bunt, and he'd do it right the first time. Most kids at that age (14-15), it takes them a while, but he could pick everything up right away. Plus, he liked to work. He liked to practice. Other kids would want to go to the beach or just hang around with their friends, but Juan, his first stop was always the ballpark." - All-Star (4x) First Baseman Vic Power in The Boston Globe (Bob Duffy, Baseball comes calling on Avon: Nieves has major-league arm ... and major-league smarts , 04/08/1993, Page 29)
Juan 'Juanchi' Nieves Autograph on a 1988 Topps Baseball Card (#515 | Checklist )
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Juan Manuel Nieves was a Major League Baseball player who pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers ( 1986 , 1987 , 1988 ). Juanchi, his nickname went 19-1 with a 1.05 ERA as a senior at Avon Old Farms (an all-boys private boarding school in Connecticut), prompting the Brew Crew to sign him directly out of high school (for $150,000 in 1983)! Juan Nieves scouting report:
"He throws an average major league fastball right now and it could get even stronger. His curveball is close to major league. It's remarkable to see a high school pitcher with two pitches that good. He's one of the best high school kids I've ever seen. His control is exceptional. And he has poise, maturity and pitching instincts that you don't expect to final at that level. He's a presence on the mound. He doesn't get rattled in pressure situations. When it comes time to stand up and be counted, when he really needs a couple of outs, he knows what pitches to throw to get them. he has the intangibles that most kids have to develop in the minors or in college. He could handle the mental aspects of the major leagues right now." - Paul Ricciarini (Toronto Blue Jays Scout)
That scouting reporting makes it easy to see why Avon Old Farms inducted Juan Nieves into the Athletics Hall of Fame, writing in part:
Juan Nieves spent three years at Avon Old Farms, from 1980 to 1983. While at Avon, Juan distinguished himself as a hard-working student, a strong community leader, and an outstanding athlete. He captained three teams while here: cross-country in the fall, basketball (one of Avons best teams in 1982-83, finishing 19-3), and of course, baseball. He was a monitor in the residential life program, an honor student in the classroom, and earned both the Jennings and Murray Cups in his junior and senior years as the schools best athlete. Juan also was awarded the Order of Old Farms on his graduation day, which is the top award presented at Avon Old Farms for character, leadership, scholarship, and community service.
During his senior year at Avon Old Farms, Juan was accepted to a number of universities (who offered him baseball scholarships) including USC, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Vanderbilt. Yet, in the midst of extensive Major League interest, Juan opted to sign a professional contract with the Milwaukee Brewers in June of 1983. Juan was the top high school free agent signee that year, as in 1983 Puerto Rican players were not eligible for the major league draft.
On April 15, 1987 , Juan Nieves no-hit the Baltimore Orioles (7-0 in Memorial Stadium), recording the first no-hitter in Brewers ' history , and the first no-hitter ever thrown by a pitcher who was born in Puerto Rico !
Juan Nieves No-Hitter | April 15, 1987 | MLB Advanced Media, LP
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