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Jimmy Nelson
Birthdate: 6/5/1989 (27 y, 9 m, 25 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 6-5/250     Position: P
Drafted: 2010 June Amateur Draft - Round: 2, Pick: 14, Overall: 64, Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Contract: $0.5M / 1 Years (2016)
RotoWire News: Nelson has thrown four scoreless innings over two appearances with the Brewers this spring. (3/15/2017)
Profiles:  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Armed with four pitches, Nelson relies heavily on a sinker to generate excellent ground ball rates that have hovered throughout his career on either side of 50%. But the tall righty struggled in 2016 due in large part to a loss of command, particularly against lefties. His 13% walk rate against southpaws was fourth worst in the league. And because he doesn't strike many out either, his K%-BB% was the third lowest out of 101 qualified pitchers. While he fared better against righties, his performance was nothing to write home about, and unfortunately, that kind of production suggests whatever upside he may have possessed entering 2016 has likely sailed. Now to say his problems are all walk-related doesn't quite tell the whole story. Nelson's 2016 zone percentage was actually the highest of his career and well above league average. It was actually that hitters chased pitches out of the zone at career-low rates, forcing him into hitter's counts. And in those counts, Nelson served up meatballs, evidenced by the 23rd-highest hard-hit rate in the league. Ground balls alone aren't enough to make this lanky worm-burner mixed-league relevant. (Rylan Edwards)

The Quick Opinion: Nelson's struggles with command and contact management only exacerbate troubles caused by his inability to strike batters out. Barring the development of some swing-and-miss stuff, he has no value in standard leagues.

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