The Milwaukee Brewers added organizational depth Saturday morning when they announced the signing of infielder Chris Nelson. While many are waiting for blockbuster moves, this move helps to provide insurance to the major league roster throughout the season. He will head to AAA Colorado Springs as he works on making at back to the major leagues.
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As Chris Cotillo mentioned, Nelson last played with the San Diego Padres in the major leagues in 2014 where he batted .233 in 27 games.
As a former first round pick from the 2004, Nelson was once viewed as a top prospect in the game. Before the 2005 season began, Nelson was ranked as the 26th best prospect in baseball by Baseball America, but he has never fully lived up to his potential.
In 12 minor league years, Nelson has a .283 batting average with 80 career home runs and a .790 OPS. After five major league seasons, Nelson has a career .265 average with five homers and a .699 OPS. With ability to play both second and third, Nelson has been able to find a job in five organizations in the past five seasons. His best season came in 2012 when he batted .301 in 111 games with the Colorado Rockies.
With the Brewers, the 28-year-old infielder will not be viewed as a major part of the future, but he could be used as a veteran presences should the team trade Aramis Ramirez and Adam Lind this season. Playing for the Skysox in Colorado, Nelson will be playing at a park that is often a hitters paradise as he looks to climb his way back to a big league roster.