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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Mariners - Signed Nelson

Seattle Mariners - Signed OF Brad “Cornfed” Nelson to a minor-league contract.

Nelson had a terrific spring, but neglected to save any of this year’s hits for the regular season.  A 21-year-old top prospect can survive going for 0-21, but a 26-year-old player whose primary value is his offense frequently can’t.

That being said, Nelson took a big step forward in 2008, cutting down a very long swing without losing power and putting up his best professional season.  Going to the AL definitely helps his job prospects as his defense isn’t adequate anywhere.  The projection below is disappointing, but I still think Nelson has a lot of untapped potential, much moreso than another huge guy in a similar position and underwhelming numbers, Brad Eldred.  Seattle’s a good choice for Nelson (though they could’ve just been the only team that called).  There’s a lot of DH/1B competition in Tacoma, but with the Mariners using Branyan/Griffey and Mike Sweeney alternating between back problems and ineffectiveness, Nelson could sneak some at-bats if he outhits Chris Shelton.


2009 ZIPS Projection - Brad Nelson
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          AB   R   H 2B 3B HR RBI   BB   SO SB   BA OBP SLG
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Year-to-Date   21   0   0   0   0   0   0   2   9   0 .000 .087 .000
Rest-of-Year   305   37   71 17   1   9   37   34   65   6 .234 .311 .377
——————————————————————————————————————
Total       326   37   71 17   1   9   37   36   74   6 .219 .297 .353

Year-to-date totals include minor-league translations, if applicable.

Dan Szymborski Posted: May 19, 2009 at 03:30 PM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jorge Luis Bourjos (Walewander) Posted: May 19, 2009 at 05:08 PM (#3184710)
FREE CHRIS SHELTON
   2. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: May 19, 2009 at 05:23 PM (#3184734)
Go figure it's Zduriencik that signs him. Shocking.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 19, 2009 at 05:23 PM (#3184735)
Couldn't the Mets use a guy like this, at least in the short-term?
   4. The Keith Law Blog Blah Blah (battlekow) Posted: May 19, 2009 at 05:24 PM (#3184736)
Couldn't the Mets use a guy like this, at least in the short-term?

Yeah, that's what I was thinking, too. What about Jake Fox?
   5. Dewey, Crackpot and Soupuss Posted: May 19, 2009 at 05:34 PM (#3184741)
I thought this would be about Jeff Nelson, and was disappointed that he wasn't coming out of retirement.
   6. Der Komminsk-sar Posted: May 19, 2009 at 05:38 PM (#3184743)
Shelton had a terrific spring as well, then started out the year ice cold (though not as bad as Nelson). Interestingly, the lil' M's are playing him (Shelton) at third, where things have gone as you'd expect.
   7. frannyzoo Posted: May 19, 2009 at 05:57 PM (#3184762)
I thought this would be about Jeff Nelson, and was disappointed that he wasn't coming out of retirement.


I too, thought it might be about Jeff Nelson and was about to throw up. Given the Griffey signing, a Nelson signing would almost make some weird sense, soon to be followed by an Alvin Davis signing.
   8. tomdaddydollars Posted: May 20, 2009 at 12:42 PM (#3185853)
Interestingly, the lil' M's are playing him (Shelton) at third, where things have gone as you'd expect.


Nelson played some third last year, too, and may have been the worst third baseman I've ever seen. In a city that's had both Ryan Braun and Mat Gamel "play" third base in the last couple of years, that's saying something.
   9. JMPH Posted: May 20, 2009 at 06:09 PM (#3186250)
I really wanted it to be Jeff Nelson, followed by a trade to acquire Arthur Rhodes.
   10. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 20, 2009 at 06:31 PM (#3186287)
FREE JIM PRESLEY!!!
   11. ugen64 Posted: May 20, 2009 at 11:50 PM (#3186721)
I really wanted it to be Jeff Nelson, followed by a trade to acquire Arthur Rhodes.


Jamie Moyer is probably available :-)

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