Nelson Figueroa is currently the pre-game and post-game television studio analyst for the New York Mets on SNY. He also appears periodically as a studio analyst on MLB Network.
Nelson was drafted in the 30th round of the 1995 amateur baseball draft by the New York Mets. On June 3rd, 2000, Nelson made his Major League debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks. He continued his professional career through the 2014 season, making stops in the majors with the Diamondbacks, Phillies, Brewers, Pirates, Mets, and Astros, along with a few other minor league affiliates. In addition, Nelson made stops in the independent leagues, and also made a name for himself in multiple international leagues across the world. Through great work ethic and an unparalleled love for the game, Nelson was able to play professional baseball through the age of 40, an accomplishment that he is very proud of.
Nelson was a key member of the 2009 and 2013 Puerto Rican World Baseball Classic teams. He helped lead the 2013 team to a silver medal with a crucial, well-pitched victory against the United States. Nelson was named to the 2013 Met Life All-World Team which consisted of the top twelve players from the World Baseball Classic tournament.
Nelson pitched for Brandeis University from 1992-1995 and was the first Brandeis alumnus to reach the majors. In 2009, Brandeis retired Nelson’s uniform number.
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Nelson has sponsored Coney Island Little League teams in the past. He currently resides in Arizona with his wife, Alisa, and daughter, Renee.