Niebla is currently in his 12th season in the Indians organization, having spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons as the pitching coach for the Triple-A Columbus Clippers. In 2011, the Clippers captured the Triple-A championship while posting their lowest team ERA (3.94) since 1992 The 2012 Columbus pitching staff currently owns an ERA of 3.91 (1031 1/3 IP, 1012 hits, 448 earned runs, 330 walks, 887 strikeouts), which is sixth-lowest in the International League. Five members of the current Major League staff pitched under Niebla's tutelage for Triple-A Columbus over the last two campaigns.
Niebla, 40, has been a pitching coach within the Indians' player development system since 2001 and spent the 2010 season as an assistant to the Major League Coaching Staff. He played professionally for six seasons from 1995-2000 in the Expos and Dodgers organizations and pitched collegiately at Azusa Pacific.