Peter Ernie Nyari
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 200 lb.
- School Edinboro College
- High School Technical Memorial High School
- Born September 4, 1971 in Erie, PA USA
Nyari was picked by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 15th round of the 1994 amateur draft. He was excellent in his pro debut, going 5-1 with two saves and a 2.77 ERA for the Batavia Clippers. He struck out 59 in 52 innings and allowed only 33 hits, though he walked 35. Had he qualified, he would have been 9th in the New York-Penn League in ERA.
Peter was again 5-1 the next year, now with the Piedmont Phillies. He saved one game but his ERA rose to 4.52. He did not allow a home run in 61 2/3 innings. In 1996, the right-hander had a 2-3, 3.61 record for Piedmont and registered 18 saves. He fanned 67 in 52 1/3 innings.
Nyari was 0-4 with a 2.70 ERA and five saves for the 1997 Clearwater Threshers, giving up only 29 hits in 43 1/3 innings. He peaked at AA in 1998 with the Reading Phillies. That year, he went 1-7 with three saves and a 5.29 ERA. He led the club with 53 appearances out of the bullpen.
Peter then played in the independent leagues. He was 1-6 with a 5.85 ERA for the 1999 Lehigh Valley Black Diamonds. He split 2000 between the Black Diamonds (9 R in 9 1/3 IP) and the Aberdeen Arsenal (4-5, 5.74). He then moved on to Italy for several seasons.
In 2001, Nyari was 0-3 with a 7.71 ERA for Parma, allowing an opponent line of .362/.483/.536. Despite that, he was called back for the next year, when he improved to 7-2, 3.43 with 100 strikeouts in 86 2/3 innings. He was 4-4 with three saves and a 3.79 ERA for Parma in 2003 while moving to the bullpen. He allowed one run in six innings for the Italian national team in the 2003 European Championship.
Nyari turned in a 4-0, 3 save, 3.47 season in 2004 with San Marino. He made the Italian team for the 2004 Olympics, going 1-0 with a 3.86 ERA. Only Michael Marchesano had a lower ERA on the Italian squad. He also got Italy's lone win in the Athens Games. He relieved David Rollandini with a 4-3 deficit in the 7th against the Taiwan national team and retired all eight batters he faced. When Italy scored twice off Chien-Fu Yang in the 9th, Nyari got credit for the win.
In 2005, Pete was 2-1 with 7 saves and a 3.86 ERA for San Marino. He tied Mattia Salsi for second in the league in saves, behind Ilo Bartolucci. He then saved two games despite a 6.75 ERA in the 2005 European Championship to help Italy take Silver; only Eugen Heilmann had as many saves in the tournament.
At age 34, Nyari finished with a 2-2, 7 save, 5.13 campaign for San Marino. He was 0-3 with a 4.30 ERA and another seven saves in 2007. He tied for the Serie A1 lead in saves. He saved seven for a fourth straight season in 2008, when he was 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA. He led the loop in saves. He was 2-0 in the postseason as San Marino took their first title ever. He allowed one run in 2 2/3 innings in the 2008 European Cup.
Overall, Nyari had gone 22-16 with 37 saves and a 4.00 ERA in 8 seasons in Italy's top league. Through 2009, he was 7th in Italian history in saves, five behind 5th-place Paolo Ceccaroli and Mattia Salsi.