The Milwaukee Brewers have a depleted farm system that has seen several players not pan out up to this point. With that being said, there are some players who have taken advantage of their great opportunities and come to the forefront in the Brewers’ Minor League system.
Right-handed pitcher Jimmy Nelson is one player in particular who has made great strides over the past couple of years, which is why he is considered to be Milwaukee’s top prospect for the 2014 season, according to Baseball America.
Nelson appeared in Triple-A for the first time in 2013. His numbers didn’t blow anyone away by any means, but nonetheless, his statistics were good enough to get a September call-up by the Brewers.
It is safe to the say that the 24-year-old’s first stint in the big leagues can be considered a success. He initially appeared in five innings as a reliever for Milwaukee. The fact that he pitched so well and didn’t surrender a run gave the Brewers the confidence to let him make his first career start in the team’s second-to-last game of the 2013 season. Nelson didn’t disappoint as he gave up just one earned run and struck out four batters in five innings against the New York Mets.
The Florida native will be on Milwaukee’s 40-man roster for Spring Training. It is unknown if there will be a spot for him on the active roster once the regular season starts as a lot of that will depend on what the Brewers do in the offseason. However, if Nelson is placed in the minors he should be ready at any moment, as the Brewers could very well need him in the early going of next season.
Other notable players on Milwaukee’s top 10 prospects list are pitcher Johnny Hellweg (No. 4), pitcher Taylor Jungmann (No. 6), shortstop Orlando Arcia (No. 7) and first baseman Hunter Morris (No. 10).