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52 Jimmy Nelson SP
Height/Weight: 6-6/243 | Birthdate: 6/5/1989 | Birthplace: Klamath Falls, OR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Milwaukee | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 30/12 | Average Draft Position: 207.26
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Brewers' Roenicke continues to back Nelson despite rough spring


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2015) Brewers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson has not had a banner spring. The right-hander has allowed 12 runs (nine earned) on 17 hits and one walk in 13 innings (6.23 ERA).

However, despite poor spring numbers, manager Ron Roenicke has not lost faith in Nelson.

“He was the most dominant pitcher in Triple-A,” Roenicke said, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “That tells you if we can get back to that guy, then we have a really good major-league starter.

“(The struggles) are because he doesn’t command the ball. When he was in Triple-A, he commanded the ball better, for whatever reason. Maybe it was the confidence he had there. He’s got overpowering stuff but there’s not too many guys who can overpower a major-league hitter if you don’t put it in the right spot. The difference is he’s facing guys that are really good hitters.

“It’s not that he doesn’t throw strikes. When I talk about commanding the ball, that doesn’t mean it’s not a strike. It means when you want to throw it inside, you can throw it inside instead of being outside for a strike. Or if you want to throw it down and you miss up for a strike, that’s not commanding the ball. Commanding it is throwing it in an area you want to throw it, and repeating an offspeed pitch.”


Brewers' Jimmy Nelson throws two scoreless innings in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson was one of the few bright spots for Milwaukee in an otherwise dismal spring training day. 

Nelson tossed two scoreless innings and only surrendered one hit in a 5-4 loss to the Royals. Nelson's outing came after recovering from a minor hamstring injury. 

"I felt pretty good out there," Nelson said, per MLB.com. "I was able to work on some things that were good to work on in game situations. I think I was just a tick up in the strike zone, but that's an easy adjustment."

Though Nelson excelled on the mound Monday, that wasn't the case for Brewers pitchers Neal Cotts and Mike Strong. Cotts gave up three hits and two earned runs in one inning pitched and Strong surrendered three hits and three earned runs in 1 1/3 innings pitched. 


Brewers' Jimmy Nelson working on mixing curveball into repertoire


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Brewers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson (hamstring) impressed manager Ron Roenicke as he threw batting practice Friday, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

“The last two times I’ve seen him throw, I really liked it. Just better command with his stuff,” Roenicke. "We’re trying to simplify things for him a little bit.

“First, we have to get him locked in with his fastball, get it over the plate, down, so he can attack hitters with it. He has come up with a curveball this year and I like it. It’s a nice curveball. With all of his pitches, I’m liking what I’m seeing.”

Nelson relied primarily on his fastball and sinker last season. He did throw a changeup, but he didn't throw it much. With the addition of a curveball, the Brewers are hoping it will aid his other pitches.

“He throws a changeup but he’s thinking this will help,” Roenicke said. “He’s still working on his changeup and he’ll see which one comes out better.

“He’ll throw all four (pitches). I don’t think he’ll get rid of one. But in different games you go sometimes with a different offspeed, depending on which is working better that day.”


Brewers set spring rotation, Kyle Lohse lined up for opening day


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2015) Brewers pitcher Kyle Lohse will start the team's Cactus League opener Thursday, MLB.com reports, lining Lohse up to receive the opening-day start on April 6.

Though Lohse appears in line to start opening day, he dodged a question regarding the potential assignment. "How about we answer that question when something is official?" Lohse said.

After Lohse's Thursday start, the Brewers will line up Matt Garza, Wily Peralta, Mike Fiers and Jimmy Nelson in the spring rotation, FOXSportsWisconsin.com reports.


Brewers' Jimmy Nelson likely to miss one spring start


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/2/2015) Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson will likely miss one spring start, according to MLB.com.

Nelson came into camp dealing with a hamstring injury, but was able to throw a bullpen session on Sunday. He reported no issues on Monday, and is close to getting back on a normal schedule. Despite that, he's likely to miss out on one start this spring. Manager Ron Roenicke doesn't think it's a big deal. "You could say he's behind, but do they really need all those games?" Roenicke said. "I don't know."

The 25-year-old Nelson is expected to compete for a spot in the team's rotation this spring. He posted a 4.93 ERA over 69 1/3 innings last year. 


Brewers' Jimmy Nelson throw live batting practice Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/1/2015) Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson threw live batting practice Sunday and reported no issues, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Nelson has been suffering from a hamstring injury, which pushed back his previous batting practice session.


Brewers' Jimmy Nelson (hamstring) has BP session moved again


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(2/28/2015) Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson didn't throw live batting practice as scheduled Saturday, with the team choosing to let his injured hamstring rest, MLB.com reports.

Manager Ron Roenicke reiterated Saturday that Nelson's hamstring injury is minor and that the pitcher is scheduled to throw Sunday. Roenicke added that he "would be surprised" if the pitcher was pushed back again.

Nelson saw his first significant action with the Brewers in 2014, going 2-9 with a 4.93 ERA and 57:19 K:BB ratio in 69 1/3 innings.


Brewers SP Jimmy Nelson dealing with minor hamstring injury


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/27/2015) Brewers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson rested again Friday due to a hamstring injury, according to MLB.com. However, manager Ron Roenicke continues to indicate it is not a serious injury.

Brewers GM not looking to add another starting pitcher


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(1/25/2015) Brewers general manager Doug Melvin said Sunday the team is not looking to add another starting pitcher to replace Yovani Gallardo.

"I don't think we have room for a notable starting pitcher," Melvin said. "We'd like to add a pitcher that could be a spot starter."

Milwaukee currently has Jimmy Nelson as their fifth starter, who went 2-9 in 2014 with a 4.93 ERA and 57 strikeouts for the club.


Brewers GM Doug Melvin: Jimmy Nelson is in the rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/20/2015) Now that the Nationals have agreed to a contract with Max Scherzer, there is some speculation Washington could be ready to deal starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, who will be a free agent after the 2015 season.

One potential landing spot for Zimmermann might be with the Brewers, according to FOX Sports reporter Jon Morosi. However, a trade to Milwaukee doesn't seem likely since the Brewers would probably have to include Jimmy Nelson in a trade or have Nelson start the year in the minors, if Zimmermann is acquired.

However, neither of those scenarios are going to happen, according to Brewers general manager Doug Melvin.

"Jimmy Nelson is in the rotation," Melvin told Morosi.

The 25-year-old Nelson went 2-9 with a 4.93 ERA in 14 appearances (12 starts) as a rookie in 2014. He struck out 57 batters and walked 19 in 69 1/3 innings. Nelson was considered a top-100 prospect last season by MLB.com and Baseball America.


Jimmy Nelson named Friday starter


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) The Brewers scratched Matt Garza Friday due to shoulder tightness. Jimmy Nelson will step in for a spot start against the Cubs at Miller Park, per MLB.com.

Nelson was moved to the bullpen earlier in the month after rosters expanded. He is 2-8 with a 4.57 ERA and a 1.45 WHIP over 65 innings of work.

Brewers move Jimmy Nelson to bullpen


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/9/2014) The Brewers have moved pitcher Jimmy Nelson to the bullpen, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Nelson has done a solid job in the rotation but has managed to complete six innings just once in his last four starts. He's 2-7 with a 4.38 ERA and 52:18 K:BB ratio in 63 2/3 innings.


Jimmy Nelson hit hard in loss to Cardinals


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson was hit hard in a loss to the Cardinals on Sunday, dropping to 2-7 on the season. He allowed four runs on five hits and two walks while striking out three over five innings of a 9-1 defeat.

Over his last four starts covering 21 2/3 innings, Nelson has allowed 13 earned runs. He owns a 4.38 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP over 11 starts (63 2/3 innings). His next start will come Saturday at home against Cincinnati.

Jimmy Nelson posts quality start in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson posted a quality start in a losing effort Monday afternoon against the Cubs at Wrigley Field, dropping to 2-6 on the year. The right-hander permitted three runs on nine hits and one walk while striking out four over six innings of a 4-2 victory.

Over his last four starts covering 22 2/3 innings, Nelson has allowed 11 earned runs. He owns a 4.14 ERA and a 1.38 WHIP over 10 starts (58 2/3 innings). His next start will come Sunday at home against St. Louis.

Brewers activate two from DL, recall three from minors


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/1/2014) The Brewers made a slew of moves prior to Monday's game against the Cubs. The team activated pitchers Matt Garza and Wei-Chung Wang from the disabled list. The team also recalled  pitcher Jimmy Nelson, catcher Matt Pagnozzi and outfielder Logan Schafer from the minors.

Jimmy Nelson sent down, will return for Monday start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/30/2014) The Brewers sent pitcher Jimmy Nelson down to Class A Brevard County Saturday, to clear a spot on the active roster.

Nelson is expected back in time for his start against the Cubs Monday, with rosters expanding. He has a 4.10 ERA in 52 2/3 innings for the season. 


Jimmy Nelson strikes out seven in loss vs. Padres


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson took a loss Tuesday, allowing four runs (two earned) on five hits and one walk in five innings while striking out seven in his team's 4-1 defeat against the Padres.

Nelson (2-5) served up a solo home run in the first inning before the Padres added three more runs in the third. Though he's pitched relatively well in the second half of the season, Nelson could be in danger of losing his rotation spot with Matt Garza on the verge of returning. Nelson owns a 4.10 ERA and 45:15 K:BB ratio in 52 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Cubs Monday.


Jimmy Nelson falls apart in middle innings in loss to Toronto


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/20/2014) A strong run of five straight quality starts ended with a thud Wednesday against the Blue Jays for Brewers rookie Jimmy Nelson.

Nelson collapsed after four strong innings to take his fourth loss in six decisions. He gave up four runs on five hits in the fifth and sixth before his removal. Among them were run-scoring doubles by Munenori Kawasaki and Melky Cabrera.

His next start is set for Monday at San Diego.


Jimmy Nelson settles for no-decision


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Jimmy Nelson tossed a strong start Friday against the Dodgers.

Nelson allowed two runs on six hits over six innings. He struck out four and walked one during the outing. Yasiel Puig proved to be a thorn in his side throughout the night. He singled in a run in the first inning, giving the Dodgers the lead. Puig would do the same thing in the fifth inning, driving in another run.

The Brewers mounted a comeback in the eighth inning to take the lead, giving Nelson a no-decision. He fell to 2-4. Nelson will take on the Pirates in his next start.


Jimmy Nelson falls short in pitcher's duel with Dodgers ace


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/10/2014) Brewers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson was effective over six innings Sunday against the Dodgers. However, the rookie pitcher came into Sunday's start as a major underdog since he was facing off against Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw, who proved to be just that much better than Nelson in a 5-1 win for Los Angeles.

Nelson (2-3) was out in front of Kershaw for a few innings with a 1-0 lead before Adrian Gonzalez tied the game at 1 with a sac fly in the third inning. The Dodgers then took the lead for good on Matt Kemp's one-out RBI single in the fifth inning.

The rookie hurler allowed two runs on eight hits and one walk, while striking out three in six innings. Kershaw allowed just one run over eight innings.

Nelson's luck doesn't appear to be changing for the better heading into his next start since he will face off against Kershaw in a rematch Friday.


Jimmy Nelson beginning to distinguish himself


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(8/6/2014) At one time or another this season, Kevin Gausman, Rubby De La Rosa and Drew Smyly have all been hyped to the hills -- if not by some other Fantasy analyst, then by yours truly. Their potential is just so enticing, especially when you consider they belong to a select group of starting pitchers who qualify at relief pitcher (or SPARPs, as they're more commonly known). It's a much bigger deal in Head-to-Head leagues than Rotisserie.

But following his third straight quality start Tuesday, I'm ready to say another SPARP, Jimmy Nelson, has left them all in the dust. With the exception of one ugly start against the Cardinals in his long awaited return from the minors July 12, when he allowed six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings, everything he accomplished at Triple-A Nashville prior to his promotion -- the improved control, the exceptionally high ground ball rate, the ability to pick up a strikeout when he needs it -- has translated. And with much better consistency than you'd expect for a rookie.

Naturally, it's a small sample, but a pitcher who put together a 1.46 ERA in the heavy-hitting Pacific Coast League deserves the benefit of the doubt. I'm not ready to move Nelson past Jacob deGrom yet, who has been as effective for longer, but ranking him 62nd at starting pitcher and 22nd at relief pitcher (in Head-to-Head leagues, that is) is my way of saying he should be owned in all leagues.


Jimmy Nelson tosses quality start in win vs. Giants


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/5/2014) Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson picked up a win Tuesday, surrendering three earned runs on six hits and one walk in seven innings and striking out three in his team's 4-3 victory over the Giants.

Nelson (2-2) served up a three-run home run in the sixth inning but otherwise pitched very well in the win, his first since rejoining the rotation despite putting together three straight quality starts. Nelson owns a 4.20 ERA and 27:9 K:BB ratio in 30 innings. He's scheduled to face the Dodgers Sunday.


Jimmy Nelson to rejoin rotation Tuesday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/2/2014) Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson will rejoin the rotation on Tuesday at home against the Giants, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Nelson was scratched for Saturday's start because of a blister on his throwing hand. He owns a 4.30 ERA and a 1.30 WHIP over four starts (23 innings).

Brewers retool weekend rotation


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2014) Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson was scratched for Saturday's start because of a blister on his throwing hand, the team announced. Kyle Lohse, who was initially scheduled to start Sunday, will make the start in his place on Saturday. Matt Garza has been pushed to Sunday.

Jimmy Nelson pays for one mistake Sunday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(7/27/2014) Brewers pitcher Jimmy Nelson made one mistake Sunday and paid for it.

Nelson allowed two runs on five hits over seven innings of work. He struck out six and walked two. It was actually a pretty fantastic start for Nelson. He tossed five scoreless innings before making one big mistake in the sixth. With one man on, Nelson gave up a two-run shot on an 88 mph slider to Lucas Duda. He composed himself after that at-bat, and was able to throw a scoreless seventh.

With the loss, Nelson fell to 1-2 on the year. His next start will come against the Cardinals.