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James Nelson

James Nelson

3B | B/T: R/R | 6' 2" 180 | Age: 21
Draft: 2016 (Rd: 15, #443, Miami Marlins) - Cisco Junior College
Rex, GA USA
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 247 221 20 44 4 19 2 .199 .260 .290 .550
Career Minors 1112 1010 114 261 14 130 16 .258 .311 .364 .675
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .199 4 19 2 .550
Career Minors .258 14 130 16 .675

Standard Minor League Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGLGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2016 GCL Marlins GCL ROK 43 180 162 26 46 10 0 1 24 14 30 7 3 2 .284 .344 .364 .709
2017 Greensboro Grasshoppers SAL A(Full) 102 432 395 41 122 31 3 7 59 26 106 6 2 5 .309 .354 .456 .810
2018 Jupiter Hammerheads FSL A(Adv) 62 253 232 27 49 10 0 2 28 13 66 1 0 4 .211 .262 .280 .542
2019 Jupiter Hammerheads FSL A(Adv) 61 247 221 20 44 6 1 4 19 18 51 2 2 2 .199 .260 .290 .550

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Hit: 50 | Power: 45 | Run: 50 | Arm: 60 | Field: 50 | Overall: 45

The nephew of ex-big leaguer Chris Nelson, James turned down the Red Sox in 2015 as a 15th-rounder from a Georgia high school and opted to attend Cisco (Texas) JC. He batted .434/.468/.796 with 17 homers as a freshman, earning him a $75,000 bonus from the Marlins in the 16th round, and earned organization Minor League Player of the Year honors in his first full season. His encore didn't go as well, as he missed the first two months in 2018 after surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee and was hampered by nagging hamstring strains afterward.

Nelson makes hard contact to all fields with a short, clean swing from the right side of the plate. Most of his pop in pro ball has come in the form of doubles, but he has the speed and bat strength to develop average home run power. When he tried too hard to hit homers in 2018, however, his stroke got too long and contributed to struggles at the plate.

Nelson has decent speed when healthy but won't be a basestealer. He has the plus arm to make all the throws at third base, though he needs to improve his lateral movement. He has enough tools to become a regular at the hot corner if he can improve his consistency on both sides of the ball.

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
03/06/2019 3B James Nelson assigned to Miami Marlins.
06/20/2018 Jupiter Hammerheads activated 3B James Nelson from the 7-day injured list.
06/09/2018 Jupiter Hammerheads placed 3B James Nelson on the 7-day disabled list.
06/03/2018 3B James Nelson assigned to Jupiter Hammerheads from Greensboro Grasshoppers.
08/25/2017 Greensboro Grasshoppers activated 3B James Nelson from the 7-day disabled list.
08/11/2017 Greensboro Grasshoppers placed 3B James Nelson on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to August 9, 2017. Left hamstring spasm.
04/21/2017 3B James Nelson assigned to Greensboro Grasshoppers from GCL Marlins.
06/24/2016 3B James Nelson assigned to GCL Marlins.
06/21/2016 Miami Marlins signed SS Ryan Nelson.