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Birth Date6-5-1989
Height6' 6"
Weight250 lbs
Age28 years, 9 months, 14 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

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2013 MIL MLB 4 1 10.0 0 0 0 2 5 8 0 .251 101 1.8 4.5 0.0 7.2 42% .083 .139 0.70 2.92 0.90 81 1.98 47.4 0.3
2014 MIL MLB 14 12 69.3 2 9 0 82 19 57 6 .257 99 10.6 2.5 0.8 7.4 50% .344 .291 1.46 3.75 4.93 104 5.58 137.0 -0.6
2015 MIL MLB 30 30 177.3 11 13 0 163 65 148 18 .260 101 8.3 3.3 0.9 7.5 52% .285 .257 1.29 4.13 4.11 99 4.20 98.0 1.9
2016 MIL MLB 32 32 179.3 8 16 0 186 86 140 25 .264 95 9.3 4.3 1.3 7.0 51% .299 .291 1.52 5.15 4.62 109 5.83 129.0 -1.0
2017 MIL MLB 29 29 175.3 12 6 0 171 48 199 16 .259 94 8.8 2.5 0.8 10.2 51% .340 .242 1.25 3.06 3.49 78 3.58 76.2 3.9

Statistics for All Levels

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2010 HEL Rk 12 0 26.7 2 0 3 30 13 33 2 .276 104 10.1 4.4 0.7 11.1 61% .363 .288 1.61 3.90 3.71 90 3.33 92.0
2011 WIS A 26 25 146.0 8 9 0 146 65 120 9 .259 95 9.0 4.0 0.6 7.4 55% .319 .273 1.45 3.97 4.38 101 5.25 108.0
2012 BRV A+ 13 13 81.3 4 4 0 63 25 77 3 .250 100 7.0 2.8 0.3 8.5 61% .273 .212 1.08 3.08 2.21 74 2.11 87.4
2012 HUN AA 10 10 46.0 2 4 0 34 37 42 2 .258 104 6.7 7.2 0.4 8.2 57% .256 .255 1.54 4.48 3.91 111 6.55 117.5
2012 PDD Wnt 7 6 22.0 2 3 0 22 14 23 2 .000 9.0 5.7 0.8 9.4 0% .339 .000 1.64 5.06 4.91 0 0.00 0.0
2013 MIL MLB 4 1 10.0 0 0 0 2 5 8 0 .251 101 1.8 4.5 0.0 7.2 42% .083 .139 0.70 2.92 0.90 81 1.98 47.4
2013 HUN AA 12 12 69.0 5 4 0 63 15 72 5 .258 103 8.2 2.0 0.7 9.4 53% .320 .255 1.13 2.80 2.74 70 2.04 76.8
2013 NAS AAA 15 15 83.3 5 6 0 74 50 91 2 .262 95 8.0 5.4 0.2 9.8 63% .327 .245 1.49 3.63 3.67 77 2.38 81.9
2014 MIL MLB 14 12 69.3 2 9 0 82 19 57 6 .257 99 10.6 2.5 0.8 7.4 50% .344 .291 1.46 3.75 4.93 104 5.58 137.0
2014 NAS AAA 17 16 111.0 10 2 0 70 32 114 3 .263 89 5.7 2.6 0.2 9.2 62% .241 .191 0.92 2.96 1.46 55 1.22 67.3
2015 MIL MLB 30 30 177.3 11 13 0 163 65 148 18 .260 101 8.3 3.3 0.9 7.5 52% .285 .257 1.29 4.13 4.11 99 4.20 98.0
2016 MIL MLB 32 32 179.3 8 16 0 186 86 140 25 .264 95 9.3 4.3 1.3 7.0 51% .299 .291 1.52 5.15 4.62 109 5.83 129.0
2017 MIL MLB 29 29 175.3 12 6 0 171 48 199 16 .259 94 8.8 2.5 0.8 10.2 51% .340 .242 1.25 3.06 3.49 78 3.58 76.2

Plate Discipline

2013 144 0.4583 0.4097 0.7119 0.5606 0.2821 0.7568 0.6364 0.2881
2014 1108 0.5135 0.4666 0.7892 0.6397 0.2839 0.8516 0.6405 0.2108
2015 2780 0.4860 0.4647 0.7724 0.6351 0.3037 0.8660 0.5876 0.2276
2016 2967 0.5278 0.4398 0.8100 0.6130 0.2463 0.8615 0.6667 0.1900
2017 2754 0.5385 0.4797 0.7434 0.6156 0.3210 0.8258 0.5588 0.2566

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

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 - -


Year Team Salary
2018 MIL $3,700,000
2017 MIL $547,000
2016 MIL $522,300
2015 MIL $511,500
2014 MIL $
2013 MIL $
3 yrPrevious$1,580,800
4 yrPvs + Cur$5,280,800
4 yrTotal$5,280,800


Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 107 dCAA Sports1 year/$3.7M (2018)

  • 1 year/$3.7M (2018). Re-signed by Milwaukee 1/12/18 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by Milwaukee 3/17.
  • 1 year/$0.5223M (2016). Re-signed by Milwaukee 3/16.
  • 1 year/$0.5115M (2015). Re-signed by Milwaukee 3/15.
  • 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.

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10 vs L (Multi) .267 .363 .445 .292
11 vs R (Multi) .258 .336 .390 .271
18 Split (Multi) .009 .027 .055 .021
19 LgAvg (Multi) .006 .020 .015 .013
30 vs L (2016) .252 .357 .421 .284
31 vs R (2016) .283 .365 .437 .297
38 Split (2016) -.031 -.007 -.016 -.013
39 LgAvg (2016) .003 .018 .013 .012

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2018-02-06 15:00:00 (link to chat)If you were the Brewers, which starting pitcher move would you make? Archer trade, Darvish sign, Arrietta sign, other, or none at all?
(Pep from Wisconsin)
I'd want Archer if possible, but you've got to think the Rays would want an absolute ton for him given his quality and contract. I'd take Darvish over Arrieta if they were the two options. Realistically I think they need to add at least one more mid-range option at minimum if they really want to contend. It sure would help if Jimmy Nelson makes a quick recovery. (Darius Austin)
2016-08-11 14:00:00 (link to chat)Now that the Brewers have purged their most valuable assets from the major league roster, what is the next step in their rebuilding process? What opportunities do they have to improve their system, outside of draft or free agency?
(Peter from Phoenix)
One of the underrated pieces of Stearns' rebuilding job has been his accumulation of depth. Ryan Braun could be a hot commodity this winter -- though I think he stays -- while the Brewers will have some mid-rotation depth in the starting rotation. Guys like Jimmy Nelson, Junior Guerra, and Wily Peralta could be on the trade block. Domingo Santana could be surplus to requirements, too. The obvious trade pieces are gone, but Stearns has shown that he's willing to get creative and move controllable pieces to better the organization. I also think the Brewers need to make a larger investment in the international market. (J.P. Breen)
2015-07-28 18:00:00 (link to chat)Think Joe Ross can top his brother? If not, would you rather have Ross or Jimmy Nelson?
(Marcus from DC)
I'd go Tyson, Joe, then Jimmy in this mini ranking. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-06-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)J.P, really enjoy the monthly snapshot pieces. Would love to see the buy low extended to say three or so with your thoughts as done for top 5. On that note, who are some other buy low candidates you like beyond those listed in today's article? Cheers
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
I was already at 2000+ words on the article, so I didn't want to bog things down with additional words on the buy-low candidates. I appreciate the interest, though! I'll certainly consider adding a short blurb on them going forward. Some other buy low candidates would include: Yan Gomes, Alexei Ramirez, Jimmy Nelson, and Desmond Jennings. (J.P. Breen)
2015-05-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)In my Yahoo league I am building for next year and thereafter. My roster is Russell Martin, Kendrys Morales, Josh Harrison, Brock Holt, Brett Gardner, Dexter Fowler, Gregory Polanco, Coco Crisp, Carlos Ruiz, Travis Snider, Kyle (and Corey) Seager, Jason Heyward, Carlos Correa, Desmond Jennings, Javier Baez, Matt Harvey, Carlos Martinez, Jimmy Nelson, Edinson Volquez, Jonathan Paplebon, Chris Heston, Noah Syndergaard, Lucas Giolito, Julio Urias, Jose Berrios, Matt Cain and Sean Doolittle. 8 keepers allowed. Comments? Suggestions?
(TimLandry from Montreal Quebec Canada)
Keep Matt Harvey eight times. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-04-16 17:00:00 (link to chat)There's been a lot of hype the past few days around Jimmy Nelson after his 1st start. What are your thoughts on him?
(Shawn from CT)
Nothing different from what you've probably read too: encouraging to see development of a new pitch, has always had talent, could be a solid #3 with perhaps some #2 upside if everything breaks right. (Mike Gianella)
2015-04-06 15:15:00 (link to chat)Brewers are gonna need Jimmy Nelson to step up in order for them to be halfway competitive. Can we expect a sub 4 era?
(lilbonest from Chicago)
Sure! Is there a major league pitcher who doesn't have a sub-4.00 ERA? You get a sub-4.00 ERA and you get a sub-4.00 ERA and you get a sub-4.00 ERA! Everyone gets a sub-4.00 ERA!!

Brutal change up by Buchholz to strike out Chase Utley. That thing moved from the inside of the plate to outside the zone. I don't know how you hit that. Neither does Utley I suppose. (Matthew Kory)
2015-04-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)Shane Greene, Jesse Hahn, TJ House, Rubby DeLaRosa, Anthony DeScalafani, Jimmy Nelson, Zach McAllister, Trevor Bauer. If one of these is a top 20 pitcher this year, who is it?
(Matt from NJ)
Gimme Bauer in that scenario. It assumes a huge leap in development, but he has the tools to make that dream a possibility. I also like the upsides of Rubby, Hahn, and Desclafani. (Doug Thorburn)
2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Jimmy Nelson this coming year now that he looks like a lock for that rotation. Is he a AAAA guy or does he have top 40 upside?
(liefmeyer from Calgary, Alberta)
There's a lot of grey area between those two outcomes, seeing as we're going to start the year with 150 starters. No to top 40, but he's a legit MLB arm IMO. I'd dabble in 16-team mixed or NL-only leagues. (Ben Carsley)
2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)A lot is being made about Jimmy Nelson the past two days with Breen even saying he heard a scout call him "special". What's his upside? Would you trade Michael Cuddyer and Dustin Ackley in dynasty for him for example?
(OceanBalls from Yes)
I'd trade Ackley for him for sure. Cuddyer a closer call, really depends on need/where you are in contention cycle. He's not special for our purposes. (Ben Carsley)
2015-03-19 14:00:00 (link to chat)Jimmy Nelson or Chase Anderson as a breakout guy this year?
(William from New York)
Jimmy Nelson has a great shot at as well as getting some big league exposure last year. He did lose a veteran starter in Gallardo to learn from but still has veterans Kyle Lohse and Matt Garza. (Rob Willer)
2015-02-16 11:00:00 (link to chat)What do you make of Jimmy Nelson? Does he have high enough upside that fans should be excited for the future or is he just another back end guy?
(Jack from DePere)
He's a big, physical guy with two high-quality pitches that give him a chance at a no. 2 ceiling. My guess is he doesn't quite that projection, but he's absolutely more than the typical back-end type. (R.J. Anderson)
2015-01-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)Can you give me your opinion of the following fantasy baseball trade. (Context: 20 teams, one team is competing while the other rebuilding). Cliff Lee for Jimmy Nelson, Andrew Heaney, and John Holdzkom. Is that an overpay for the amount of risk or fair return for Lee? Thanks.
(Mike from NY)
Lee's stock is pretty low, I'd probably take this deal if you're intent on trading him. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Dee Gordon for the upcoming year/s? Safe to expect closer to a .250 hitter with a good number of steals, or is nothing safe at all? Would Maikel Franko and Jimmy Nelson be a good enough return for him in a dynasty league?
(FreeBargs from 32nd & 8th)
I think the numbers you've thrown out are more realistic than what the Marlins see in him, but it just depends on if he can get back to making pitchers pay for challenging him in the zone, like he did in the first half. It's possible that was more fluke than performance, but as soon as pitchers realize they could attack him in the zone and he couldn't punish them for it, his walk rate plummeted and he became a significantly less effective player. I'm high on Nelson and don't mind Franco so I think that's a fine return, depending on what it does to your team speed wise, especially if it's roto. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)Ben is a Red Sox fan. By definition he cannot be fun. Bret is fun, but he's probably busy scouring the globe for Pepsi One. As an actual question, what do you see Jimmy Nelson producing this year? Top 30 pitcher?
(Colin from WI)
I was once like you, surrounded by Red Sox fans and full of anger, but Ben can be pretty fun. You're 100% right about Bret though. No where close to top 30. I like Nelson, but I think top 50 SP is more the ceiling for 2015 (Craig Goldstein)
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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