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James Jacob Nelson (born June 5, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Milwaukee Brewers of Major League Baseball.

Jimmy Nelson
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Milwaukee Brewers – No. 52
Starting Pitcher
Born: (1989-06-05) June 5, 1989 (age 30)
Klamath Falls, Oregon
MLB debut
September 6, 2013, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
(through September 13, 2019)
Win–loss record33–46
Earned run average4.25

Professional careerEdit

Nelson was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 39th round of the 2007 Major League Baseball draft out of the Niceville High School in Niceville, Florida, but did not sign and attended the University of Alabama.[1] In 2010, his junior year, he went 9-3 with a 4.01 ERA in 18 games (17 starts).[2] He was then drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the second round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft.

Nelson started the 2013 season with the Double-A Huntsville Stars.[3] He was promoted to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds on June 5.[4] He was promoted to the majors on September 3, made his debut on September 6, and made his first major league start on September 28.

Nelson pitching for the Nashville Sounds, triple-A affiliates of the Brewers, in 2014

Prior to the 2014 season, Nelson was rated the Brewers' top prospect and 96th best prospect in baseball by Baseball America. Nelson began 2014 back at Triple-A Nashville, and dominated the Pacific Coast League to the tune of a 10–2 record, 1.46 ERA, and 114 strikeouts. Nelson was even named 2014 PCL Pitcher of the Year.[5] He made one spot start for Milwaukee against the Miami Marlins due to a minor injury suffered by Yovani Gallardo on May 25, and recorded his first major league win, pitching 5 and 2/3 scoreless innings with 3 walks and 6 strikeouts.

Nelson at the plate during his first career hit

On July 10, Nelson was recalled again to join the starting rotation in place of the home run-prone Marco Estrada. He got his first career base hit during his July 17 start.[6] Nelson sustained an injury on September 17 against the St. Louis Cardinals when Tommy Pham hit a line drive that ricocheted off his head. Nelson was able to leave the field in his own ability, and a magnetic resonance image (MRI) revealed a contusion.[7] In 2015 he had an ERA of 4.11 and shared the major league lead in hit batsmen, with 13.[8]

In 2016 he had an ERA of 4.62 and shared the major league lead in hit batsmen, with 17.[8]

On September 8, 2017, Nelson suffered an apparent shoulder injury while sliding to first base, and left the game. The next day, on September 9, it was revealed that he was diagnosed with a right rotator cuff strain and a partial anterior labrum tear, meaning that he would take no further part in any action for the remainder of the 2017 season. Nelson finished the 2017 year with a 12–6 record, 199 strikeouts, and a 3.49 ERA.[9]

Scouting reportEdit

Nelson throws four pitches. He relies primarily on his sinker (95 mph), fourseam fastball (94 mph) and slider (84 mph). He also rarely throws a change (88 mph).[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Nelson married longtime girlfriend Melissa Conway on December 10, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee.[11]


  1. ^ Alabama baseball stays hot, as does 'matured' pitcher Jimmy Nelson
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  3. ^ Ex-Alabama standout Jimmy Nelson will be Huntsville Stars' opening day pitcher
  4. ^ Brewers Send Jimmy Nelson Out Of Huntsville
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  6. ^ Haudricourt, Tom (July 28, 2014). "In-game blog: Brewers blanked by Mets, 2-0". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Retrieved July 28, 2014.
  7. ^ Goold, Derrick (September 17, 2015). "Offense backs Lackey as Cards sweep". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  8. ^ a b 2016 MLB Baseball Pitching Statistics and League Leaders - Major League Baseball - ESPN
  9. ^ "Jimmy Nelson to miss rest of season". MLB. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  10. ^ Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool – Player Card: Jimmy Nelson
  11. ^ "Brewlyweds: Nelson, Davies Celebrate Offseason Weddings". Cait Covers The Bases. Retrieved December 21, 2017.

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