Position: Pitcher

DOB: June 5, 1989

Height: 6’6″ / Weight: 250

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: Yes

How acquired: Drafted (2nd round, 2010)

Profile: Drafted by Milwaukee in the second round of the 2010 draft out of the University of Alabama, Nelson signed with the Brewers following hist junior season with the Crimson Tide and made his pro debut with Helena before spending all of 2011 at Class-A Wisconsin. He split 2012 between High-A Brevard County and Double-A Huntsville, then spent time at both Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville in 2013 before earning a September call-up to Milwaukee. After opening the 2014 season back at Nashville, Nelson returned to Milwaukee in August, then spent 2015 and 2016 in the Brewers starting rotation. Working with an arsenal of pitches that includes a sinker, four-seam fastball, slider, curve and change, Nelson relies heavily on a sinker/slider combo designed to keep the ball down in the strike zone, but despite that he has been susceptible to the home run ball and has battled through bouts of command issues. When he is on, Nelson is a workhorse who can take the ball every fifth day and baffle hitters with his array of pitches, proving to be a valuable innings eater for the Brewers.

2010: After signing with Milwaukee following the draft, Nelson was sent to Helena of the Pioneer League but the Brewers took it easy with him, having him make just 12 relief appearances after a heavy workload during the college season. In 26.2 innings of work, Nelson went 2-0 with a 3.71 ERA recording 33 strikeouts.

2011: The Brewers gave Nelson his first taste of full season ball in 2011, when they sent him to Low-A Wisconsin in the Midwest League. He started 25 of the 26 games he worked in for the Timber Rattlers, going 8-9 with a 4.38 earned run average.

2012: Moving up to High-A Brevard County to open the 2012 season, Nelson got off to a strong start, going 4-4 with a 2.21 ERA in 13 starts, holding opposing hitters to a .216 average and earning a spot on the Florida State League All-Star squad and a promotion to Double-A Huntsville. He made ten more starts after joining the Stars and went 2-4 with a 3.91 ERA.

2013: Having logged 46 Double-A innings the year before, Nelson returned to Huntsville to begin the 2013 season an made 12 more starts there, going 5-4 with a 2.74 before being named to the Southern League All-Star team and getting a bump to Triple-A Nashville. In 15 starts following his promotion, Nelson posted a 3.67 ERA, striking out 91 batters over 83.1 innings of work. That earned Nelson a September call-up to join the Brewers and he made his big league debut on September 6th, making four appearances, including one start, with Milwaukee.

2014: The Brewers chose to have Nelson return to Triple-A Nashville to open up 2014 and he rolled through the Pacific Coast League, going 10-2 with a 1.46 ERA in 17 games, 16 of which he started, while holding opposing hitters to a .179 average. With nothing left to prove at the Triple-A level, the Brewers called Neslon back up to Milwaukee and he saw action in 14 games for them, starting 12, and posting a 4.93 ERA.

2015: Grabbing a spot in the Brewers starting rotation, Nelson took the ball 30 times for Milwaukee in 2015. He posted a record of 11-13 in those 30 starts, with a 4.11 earned run average.

2016: Nelson made 32 starts for Milwaukee in 2016 but endured some struggles, resulting in a record of just 8-16 with a 4.62 ERA. He allowed career highs in home runs (25) and walks (86) with a WHIP of 1.52.

MPP Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2014 (#2)
2013 (#2)
2012 (#10)
2011 (#10)