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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 25)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
0.0 4.36 1.38 0 0 0 0 0.0
Birth Date6-5-1989
Height6' 6"
Weight245 lbs
Age25 years, 4 months, 19 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
2010
2011
2012
0.12013
0.22014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2013 MIL 24 4 1 10.0 5.0 5.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 37 2 1 1 0 3 5 5 0 8 0.90 2.92 3.47 0.9 0.1
2014 MIL 25 14 12 69.3 68.0 1.3 2 9 0 0 6 0 311 82 42 38 6 124 19 19 8 57 4.93 3.75 4.23 2.4 0.2
Career181379.373.06.3290060348844339612724248654.423.654.153.30.3

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2010 HEL Rk 12 0 26.7 4.97 113 .288 .276 .334 .406 .276 .363 104 5.2 0.5 5.2 0.5
2011 WIS A 26 25 146.0 5.01 87 .273 .248 .316 .364 .259 .319 95 0.9 0.1 0.9 0.1
2012 BRV A+ 13 13 81.3 3.97 116 .212 .262 .325 .379 .250 .273 100 11.1 1.1 11.1 1.1
2012 HUN AA 10 10 46.0 5.08 90 .255 .251 .329 .374 .258 .256 104 2.8 0.3 2.5 0.3
2012 PDD Wnt 7 6 22.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .339 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 MIL MLB 4 1 10.0 3.47 115 .139 .241 .303 .369 .251 .083 101 1.1 0.1 0.9 0.1
2013 HUN AA 12 12 69.0 3.96 109 .255 .245 .319 .365 .258 .320 103 8.6 0.9 7.1 0.7
2013 NAS AAA 15 15 83.3 3.94 113 .245 .260 .327 .399 .262 .327 95 14.9 1.5 13.0 1.3
2014 MIL MLB 14 12 69.3 4.23 92 .294 .246 .305 .376 .257 .344 98 2.7 0.3 2.4 0.2
2014 NAS AAA 17 16 111.0 3.56 121 .190 .269 .327 .415 .261 .241 91 23.7 2.4 20.5 2.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2010 HEL Rk 2 0 3 12 0 26.7 30 13 33 2 61% .363 10.1 4.4 0.7 11.1 1.61 3.71 5.2 0.5
2011 WIS A 8 9 0 26 25 146.0 146 65 120 9 55% .319 9.0 4.0 0.6 7.4 1.45 4.38 0.9 0.1
2012 PDD Wnt 2 3 0 7 6 22.0 22 14 23 2 0% .339 9.0 5.7 0.8 9.4 1.64 4.91 0.0 0.0
2012 HUN AA 2 4 0 10 10 46.0 34 37 42 2 57% .256 6.7 7.2 0.4 8.2 1.54 3.91 2.5 0.3
2012 BRV A+ 4 4 0 13 13 81.3 63 25 77 3 61% .273 7.0 2.8 0.3 8.5 1.08 2.21 11.1 1.1
2013 MIL MLB 0 0 0 4 1 10.0 2 5 8 0 42% .083 1.8 4.5 0.0 7.2 0.70 0.90 0.9 0.1
2013 NAS AAA 5 6 0 15 15 83.3 74 50 91 2 63% .327 8.0 5.4 0.2 9.8 1.49 3.67 13.0 1.3
2013 HUN AA 5 4 0 12 12 69.0 63 15 72 5 53% .320 8.2 2.0 0.7 9.4 1.13 2.74 7.1 0.7
2014 MIL MLB 2 9 0 14 12 69.3 82 19 57 6 50% .344 10.6 2.5 0.8 7.4 1.46 4.93 2.4 0.2
2014 NAS AAA 10 2 0 17 16 111.0 70 32 114 3 62% .241 5.7 2.6 0.2 9.2 0.92 1.46 20.5 2.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2013 144 0.4514 0.4097 0.7458 0.5692 0.2785 0.8108 0.6364 0.2542
2014 1109 0.5158 0.4756 0.8008 0.6573 0.2812 0.8670 0.6358 0.1935
Career12530.50840.4680.79450.64720.28090.86050.63590.2005

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-28 2014-08-05 DTD 8 6 - Fingers Blister -
2012-07-01 2012-07-27 Minors 26 23 Right Shoulder Strain Rotator Cuff - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 MIL $
2013 MIL $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 27 dSelect Sports1 year (2014)

Details
  • 1 year (2014). Re-signed by Milwaukee 3/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Contract selected by Milwaukee 9/3/13.
  • Drafted by Milwaukee 2010 (2-64) (Alabama). $0.5706M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA FRA VORP WARP
90o 2.6 1.9 0 23 5 60.0 49 24 47 6 .273 1.22 3.55 3.86 6.0 0.6
80o 2.5 2 0 23 5 54.9 48 24 43 5 .285 1.30 3.93 4.27 3.7 0.4
70o 2.4 2 0 23 5 51.3 47 23 40 5 .295 1.36 4.21 4.57 2.2 0.2
60o 2.4 2.1 0 23 5 48.3 46 22 38 5 .303 1.41 4.45 4.84 0.7 0.1
50o 2.3 2.1 0 23 5 45.5 44 22 36 5 .310 1.46 4.68 5.09 -0.5 -0.1
40o 2.3 2.2 0 23 5 42.8 43 21 34 5 .318 1.51 4.91 5.34 -1.8 -0.2
30o 2.2 2.2 0 23 5 39.9 42 21 32 5 .326 1.56 5.16 5.61 -3.1 -0.3
20o 2.2 2.3 0 23 5 36.7 40 20 29 5 .335 1.63 5.46 5.93 -4.7 -0.5
10o 2.1 2.4 0 23 5 32.3 37 18 26 4 .349 1.73 5.88 6.39 -6.8 -0.7
Weighted Mean2.42.1023545.24422365.3091.454.655.06-0.4-0.0

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
21% 29% 8% 26% 42%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA FRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
2015266506413130128541101654.3151.404.564.968.93.77.61.10.1
20162754050101029747831154.3041.414.464.848.54.17.31.00.2
20172854049101009442831154.3061.364.294.678.53.87.51.00.4
20182954050101019842861254.3131.394.434.818.73.77.71.10.2
20193054050101019741871254.3101.364.284.658.63.67.71.10.4
202031440439878535721054.3101.374.404.798.83.67.41.00.2
202132430408828033651054.3091.384.444.838.83.67.11.10.2
20223343039879763164954.3101.364.334.718.73.57.31.00.3
20233443037775732961954.3111.364.364.748.83.57.31.10.2

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
82.74.81.24.93.121.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 86)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 94 Eric Berger 2011 0.00 DNP
2 92 Connor Graham 2011 0.00 DNP
3 91 Rob Scahill 2012 1.04
4 91 Ryan Cook 2012 2.21
5 91 Josh Collmenter 2011 3.56
6 91 Kyle Weiland 2012 6.62
7 90 Justin Wilson 2013 2.08
8 90 Chris Heston 2013 0.00 DNP
9 89 Mitch Talbot 2009 0.00 DNP
10 89 Manny Parra 2008 4.93
11 89 Brad Meyers 2011 0.00 DNP
12 89 Doug Mathis 2008 8.06
13 89 Andre Rienzo 2013 5.46
14 88 Frankie De La Cruz 2009 5.40
15 88 Justin Cassel 2010 0.00 DNP
16 88 Bradley Holt 2012 0.00 DNP
17 88 Bryan Morris 2012 3.60
18 88 Charlie Leesman 2012 0.00 DNP
19 88 Gregory Infante 2013 0.00 DNP
20 87 Graham Godfrey 2010 0.00 DNP
21 87 J.D. Durbin 2007 6.75
22 87 Chorye Spoone 2011 0.00 DNP
23 87 Nathan Baker 2013 0.00 DNP
24 87 Dan Cortes 2012 0.00 DNP
25 87 Eric Surkamp 2013 23.62
26 87 Kyle Parker 2010 0.00 DNP
27 87 Kyle Cofield 2012 0.00 DNP
28 87 Jesus Sanchez 2013 0.00 DNP
29 87 Michael Madsen 2008 0.00 DNP
30 87 Wade Miley 2012 3.65
31 87 Nick Hagadone 2011 4.91
32 86 Joe Gardner 2013 0.00 DNP
33 86 Kevin Mulvey 2010 6.00
34 86 Mark Rogers 2011 0.00 DNP
35 86 Jeff Manship 2010 6.21
36 86 Juan Gutierrez 2009 4.06
37 86 Esmerling Vasquez 2009 4.58
38 86 Ryan Tucker 2012 0.00 DNP
39 86 Daniel Rosenbaum 2013 0.00 DNP
40 86 Jason Hirsh 2007 5.05
41 85 Andrew Werner 2012 5.80
42 85 Jonny Venters 2010 3.25
43 85 Adam Warren 2013 3.39
44 85 D.J. Mitchell 2012 3.86
45 85 Michael Bolsinger 2013 0.00 DNP
46 85 Alex Torres 2013 1.86
47 85 James Houser 2010 20.25
48 85 Matt Buschmann 2009 0.00 DNP
49 85 Josh Butler 2010 0.00 DNP
50 85 Michael Kirkman 2012 4.33
51 85 Jason Berken 2009 6.92
52 85 Lucas Harrell 2010 6.75
53 85 Stephen Fife 2012 2.70
54 85 Brad Mills 2010 5.64
55 85 Amaury Rivas 2011 0.00 DNP
56 85 P.J. Walters 2010 6.00
57 85 Robert Ray 2009 5.55
58 85 Jeff Niemann 2008 6.75
59 85 David Phelps 2012 3.43
60 85 Juan Morillo 2009 22.50
61 85 Felipe Paulino 2009 6.63
62 85 Josh Outman 2010 0.00 DNP
63 84 Kevin Pucetas 2010 0.00 DNP
64 84 Phil Irwin 2012 0.00 DNP
65 84 Charlie Haeger 2009 3.32
66 84 David Bromberg 2013 0.00 DNP
67 84 Mitchell Boggs 2009 4.34
68 84 Craig Westcott 2011 0.00 DNP
69 84 Samuel Deduno 2009 0.00 DNP
70 84 Blake Wood 2011 3.88
71 84 Zachary Ward 2009 0.00 DNP
72 84 Brooks Brown 2010 0.00 DNP
73 84 Cesar Valdez 2010 8.55
74 84 Jack Egbert 2008 0.00 DNP
75 84 Luis Perez 2010 0.00 DNP
76 84 Elvin Ramirez 2013 0.00 DNP
77 84 Ryan Mattheus 2009 0.00 DNP
78 84 Paul Kometani 2008 0.00 DNP
79 84 Scott Barnes 2013 7.27
80 84 Clayton Tanner 2013 0.00 DNP
81 84 Tobi Stoner 2010 3.86
82 84 Evan Reed 2011 0.00 DNP
83 84 Josh Stinson 2013 3.71
84 83 Adam Harben 2009 0.00 DNP
85 83 Dustin Moseley 2007 4.40
86 83 Jose De Paula 2013 0.00 DNP
87 83 Zach Phillips 2012 6.00
88 83 Joel Hanrahan 2007 6.18
89 83 Zach Jackson 2008 5.86
90 83 Collin McHugh 2012 9.28
91 83 Chris Rusin 2012 6.67
92 83 Evan Anundsen 2013 0.00 DNP
93 83 Dan Smith 2009 0.00 DNP
94 83 Kris Johnson 2010 0.00 DNP
95 83 Tim Crabbe 2013 0.00 DNP
96 83 Thad Weber 2010 0.00 DNP
97 83 Graham Stoneburner 2013 0.00 DNP
98 83 J.J. Hoover 2013 3.00
99 83 Ben Jukich 2008 0.00 DNP
100 83 Daniel McCutchen 2008 0.00 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .125 .286 .188 .208
11 vs R (Multi) .000 .062 .000 .042
18 Split (Multi) .125 .223 .188 .165
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .125 .286 .188 .208
31 vs R (2013) .000 .062 .000 .042
38 Split (2013) .125 .223 .188 .165
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Nelsonís year was really more of a half-Nelson, as the beefy right-hander shone while outpitching the more pedigreed Jungmann and Bradley in High-A, then lost his feel for the strike zone after a midseason promotion to Huntsville. A hulking presence on the mound, Nelson gets great mileage out of a heavy low-90s sinker that hitters continually beat into the ground, and his slider is much more than a show-me pitch. Whether he grows into a durable mid-rotation starter depends on his fleeting control, as those triumphant two months as a Brevard County Manatee represent the only time his walk rate was anywhere near acceptable. Heíll get another chance to pass the Double-A exam this summer.
2012 Jimmy Nelson keeps the ball down well for someone so big, and can still occasionally show the mid-90s heat that got him drafted in the second round, but he lacks control and so far only his slider has shown promise among his attempts at adding breaking pitches.
2011 Colossal right-hander Jimmy Nelson stampeded through the Pioneer League, leaving a trail of strikeout victims in the wake of his low-90s fastball and effective slider; the Brewers will have to sort out whether heís a starter or a reliever, but so far thereís plenty to like.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-09-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Dynasty league question. Would you trade Jimmy Nelson for Denard Span all things being equal?
(Eric JockItch from Down Under)
With the caveat that this question is better suited for our fantasy folks, yes, I would make that trade. I don't view Nelson as the type of starter who'll excel in the categories that matter in standard fantasy leagues (assuming that's the scoring type yours uses). (Daniel Rathman)
2014-09-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of player do you project Jimmy Nelson to be eventually? Is he a potential 2 or 3 starter? A reliever? Thanks.
(Mike from Wisconsin)
I've heard scouts who think he can be a two at his peak. He's obviously behind the 8-ball a bit in that regard as he's 25 this year. Still, breakouts do happen (/looks at deGrom). He's got a great fastball and he sharpened his slider this year. I know it didn't look it in the big leagues this year but I do think there's another gear there, especially if he can get his changeup to be even an average pitch. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Hello. Thanks for the chat. 4x4 NL only league. Better bet ROS: AJ Burnett or Jimmy Nelson? Thanks.
(Luke S. from Tattooine)
Peer out into the double sunset and go with AJ Burnett (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of De Grom? He's been good lately. I've read that he's among the best swing and miss pitchers in the league. Jimmy Nelson, De Grom, Stroman and Gausman. Can you rank them? Thanks and you always have great advice. Keep up the good work. Gerson. Holland.
(Gerson from Amsterdam)
He's been very impressive of late. He's in the top 20 for Swinging Strike Percentage, but I'm still a bit skeptical. The K surge has come against ATL, ATL, MIA, MIA, and PHI. Sure, he'll keep facing those teams in his division, but I'm not sure this new level is sustainable against all comers. (Paul Sporer)
2014-06-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)If the Brewers do make the move to bring up Jimmy Nelson and move Marco Estrada to the bullpen, they are going to need to clear room in the pen. Who are potential trade partners who could take one of their many pen lefties and what could we expect in return for say Tom Gorzelanny?
(BeerTheDeer from Milwaukee)
I'm not sure it's a foregone conclusion that Nelson replaces Estrada in the Brewers' bullpen, but Milwaukee is in a good spot w/ their plethora of lefties. Gorz, Will Smith, and Zach Duke can all handle righties and lefties -- with varying levels of dominance -- so they're not weighing their bullpen down w/ LOOGYs. If the Brewers do end up moving someone like Gorz, though, it would be for a lower-tier prospect or perhaps a utility guy. Nothing exciting. (J.P. Breen)
2014-06-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who is the top pitching Prospect behind Jimmy Nelson and the top Hitting prospect
(Brewmann04 from new york)
I'm assuming this references the Brewers' minor-league system. The Brewers' top pitching prospect behind Nelson is Devin Williams, who could legitimately flirt with the Top 101 Prospects next winter. As far as position prospects are concerned, it's perhaps more difficult to pin that down. Tyrone Taylor and Orlando Arcia are guys who could be starters at the major-league level if the bats progress enough, but Monte Harrison might have something to say about that before the year is done. It's also been nice to see Clint Coulter rebound a bit. (J.P. Breen)
2014-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jimmy Nelson can he be a number 2 starter where do u see his ceiling?
(Ob1kenobi from Tampa)
I don't see any scenario where Nelson is a #2 starter. That's a lofty ceiling and he just doesn't have that type of profile. I think he could be a workhorse mid-rotation guy if everything comes together. (Mark Anderson)
2013-12-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any of these guys going to wind up more than back-end fodder? Sean Nolin, Robbie Erlin, Jimmy Nelson, Alex Wood, Oberholtzer, Holmberg, Taylor Jordan, Maurer, Enny Romero, Alex Colome.
(TheKernel from Pasadena)
Don't sleep on Enny Romero. I think there is a better chance of him providing impact in the bullpen, but I've been working on the Rays system lately and scouts really like this kid's stuff; I've seen it several times myself, so I can definitely appreciate a mid-90s FB and hard breaking ball from a southpaw. The command concerns, but if he can develop into an effectively wild type, he has the stuff to pitch above the middle-of-a-rotation. Projection is #2/3 type, but I think a late-innings arm is the realistic role. (Jason Parks)
2013-11-22 14:00:00 (link to chat)Two young pitchers with a shot at the rotation in 2014: Alex Wood and Jimmy Nelson. Who has the better shot at getting the job, and who do like more in the big picture?
(higgsboson from Guelph)
Both pitchers bring the funk, but with different results. I cal Wood "Taz" due to his ridiculous pattern of imbalance and rotation, and it is shocking that he repeats his delivery as well as he does. Nelson has some goofy glove-side arm action, and he really struggles to repeat the initiation of rotation, leading to tons of walks. I like Nelson's odds of making adjustments better than Wood's, but I could see both players eventually settling into the bullpen, especially since Nelson goes against the Brewers over-arching philosophy with their starting pitchers. (Doug Thorburn)
2013-10-07 18:00:00 (link to chat)List 5 hitters and pitchers that you feel could be breakout players in 2014. Thanks for the chat, Mike!
(Brett from The Office)
Hi Brett.

Hitters: Christian Yelich, Billy Hamilton, Oscar Taveras, Avisail Garcia, Josmil Pinto.

Pitchers: Jameson Taillon, Rafael Montero, Drew Smyly, Jimmy Nelson, Taijuan Walker. (Mike Gianella)
2013-10-07 18:00:00 (link to chat)Do you predict Jimmy Nelson and/or Erik Johnson as a viable fantasy option next year?
(Dan from Kansas City)
Nelson is the guy I like between Nelson and Johnson. Nelson has a good shot to crack the Brewers rotation and I could see him delivering #3 SP value. Johnson is more of an uncertainty and while he could put up 180-200 decent innings, there is enough variability in his projection that I could also see him bottoming out as a #5. Nelson is the pitcher I'd go with if you're playing for 2014 only. (Mike Gianella)
2013-08-08 17:30:00 (link to chat)Jimmy Nelson, Chris Owings, Brandon Workman, Tyler Skaggs, and Johnny Cueto just got traded for R.A. Dickey, Jonathan Papelbon, Cliff Lee, and Adam Dunn in my league. Not a fan of the veto so I wont veto this trade in my league, but just how lopsided is this for the side receiving Lee, Dickey, etc.?
(Gary from Georgia)
Hi Gary:

It depends on if your league has contracts or allows you to slot guys into rounds if you have a draft league. Cueto is a potentially strong keep assuming health and Skaggs has a nice ceiling. I've seen leagues where getting Cueto and Skaggs will net you four players, and it's not like Dickey or Dunn have been anything close to elite. It sounds like this is atypical for your league, though. The answer to these types of questions often depend more on your league culture than anything else. (Mike Gianella)
2013-05-30 13:30:00 (link to chat)Brewers RHP prospect Jimmy Nelson continues to impress in the double-A Southern League this season. What is his ceiling as a major league player? What does he have left to improve on while in the minors?
(alecdopp from Stevens Point, WI)
Nelson has been very impressive early on this year. I'm still not completely buying him as a starter because I don't think the delivery will allow for long-term command, but he is starting to convert me. If he can stick in the rotation, he can be an inning-eating #4 starter. If not, he looks like a quality setup guy. There's a lot of consistency that he needs to gain at the minor league level yet, meaning he probably isn't ready for prime time until sometime later next year. (Mark Anderson)
2013-05-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jason, Have you seen Jimmy Nelson ? With the mess the Brewers rotation is do you think he gets a look this year ?
(Pete from Milwaukee)
I have not seen Nelson in person. Coming into this year, the reports I had were that he might be a reliever in the long term, but if the Brewers need starters, he's a guy with some stuff and could get a look. Of course, there are also a couple options ahead of him in Triple-A right now. (Jason Cole)


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Jimmy Nelson has thrown 1,253 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2013 and 2014, all of them occuring in the MLB Regular Season. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Sinker (94mph) and Slider (87mph), also mixing in a Fourseam Fastball (95mph). He also rarely throws a Change (86mph).