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Chris Nelson

28-Year-Old Third Baseman – Cincinnati Reds

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The 2013 season was an active one for Nelson, who saw playing time with the Rockies and Yankees before being claimed off waivers by the Angels in May. Nelson saw his playing time vary based on his loc...

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LEAGUE: AAA    40 MAN: NO   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 11"   WT: 205   DOB: 9/3/1985   BORN: Washington, DC   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a minor league deal with the Reds in April of 2014.

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Nelson signed a minor league deal with the Reds on Monday and will report to Triple-A Louisville, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.

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Chris Nelson Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2005 19 AA WES 15 25 21 3 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 6 3 0 0 .143 .182 .143 .325
2006 20 AA WES 12 19 19 2 5 3 2 0 1 2 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 .263 .263 .526 .789
2006 20 AAA IOW 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
2007 21 AAA IOW 8 14 12 2 3 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 0 .250 .250 .417 .667
2008 22 A Mod 8 32 30 2 5 2 1 0 1 5 0 2 2 8 0 0 0 .167 .219 .300 .519
2008 22 AA TUL 73 329 283 38 67 23 18 2 3 42 6 1 35 69 2 5 4 .237 .324 .346 .670
2009 23 AA TUL 28 118 104 20 30 11 5 2 4 17 5 2 11 21 1 1 1 .288 .359 .490 .849
2010 24 AAA Col 85 356 319 60 101 31 16 3 12 55 7 3 29 53 2 2 4 .317 .379 .498 .877
2010 24 MAJ COL 17 27 25 7 7 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 4 1 0 0 .280 .308 .320 .628
2011 25 AAA Col 73 315 289 52 94 36 20 5 11 65 3 3 17 48 1 5 3 .325 .363 .543 .906
2011 25 MAJ COL 63 189 180 20 45 15 10 1 4 16 3 1 7 35 0 1 1 .250 .280 .383 .663
2012 26 AAA Col 13 54 51 12 15 5 4 1 0 8 1 1 2 12 0 0 1 .294 .333 .412 .745
2012 26 MAJ COL 111 377 345 45 104 33 21 3 9 53 2 1 27 84 2 2 1 .301 .352 .458 .810
2013 27 AAA Sal 34 144 134 20 44 17 11 0 6 24 4 0 8 23 0 2 0 .328 .361 .545 .906
2013 27 MAJ LAA 33 119 109 10 24 6 1 2 3 18 2 1 8 36 0 1 1 .220 .277 .349 .626
2013 27 MAJ COL 21 71 66 6 16 3 1 2 0 4 0 0 4 19 0 1 0 .242 .282 .318 .600
2013 27 MAJ NYY 10 37 36 3 8 2 2 0 0 2 0 0 1 11 0 0 0 .222 .243 .278 .521
2013  (Multiple Teams) 27 MAJ LAA/COL/NYY 64 227 211 19 48 11 4 4 3 24 2 1 13 66 0 2 1 .227 .273 .327 .600
2014 28 AAA Lou 9 36 34 5 12 2 1 0 1 11 0 0 2 8 0 0 0 .353 .389 .471 .860
3-Year Averages MAJ   79 262 245 28 65 18 11 2 5 31 2 1 15 61 0 1 1 .265 .309 .388 .697
Career  (View All) MAJ   255 820 761 91 204 60 36 8 16 93 8 3 48 189 3 5 3 .268 .312 .399 .712

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Chris Nelson Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 7Show 7    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30
DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 16 Pit Did not play.
Apr. 15 Pit Did not play.
Apr. 14 Pit Did not play.
Apr. 13 TB Did not play.
Apr. 12 TB Did not play.
Apr. 11 TB Did not play.
Apr. 9 @StL Did not play.
Apr. 8 @StL Did not play.
Apr. 7 @StL Did not play.
Apr. 6 @NYM Did not play.
Apr. 5 @NYM Did not play.
Apr. 4 @NYM Did not play.
Apr. 3 StL Did not play.
Apr. 2 StL Did not play.
Mar. 31 StL Did not play.
Last 7 Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Last 14 Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Last 30 Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000

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Chris Nelson: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2013 2 57 1
2012 21 92 1
2011 29 24 2
2010 4 4

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Chris Nelson Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20135341112.264.340.662
2012101121111.307.436.787
2011538122.245.396.655

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013158152130.215.323.579
2012244338421.299.467.819
2011127123141.252.378.667

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201310410081.240.317.600
2012170263301.347.500.911
2011105133121.276.419.719

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201310793161.215.336.600
2012175196231.257.417.709
2011757142.213.333.586
Chris Nelson Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2005 19 AA WES 25 21 4% 24% 0.17 71% .200 .000
2006 20 AA WES 19 19 0% 36.8% 0.00 63% .364 .263
2006 20 AAA IOW 0 0 0% 0% 0.00 0% .000 .000
2007 21 AAA IOW 14 12 0% 21.4% 0.00 75% .333 .167
2008 22 A Mod 32 30 6.3% 25% 0.25 73% .190 .133
2008 22 AA TUL 329 283 10.6% 21% 0.51 76% .303 .109
2009 23 AA TUL 118 104 9.3% 17.8% 0.52 80% .329 .202
2010 24 AAA Col 356 319 8.1% 14.9% 0.55 83% .350 .181
2010 24 MAJ COL 27 25 3.7% 14.8% 0.25 84% .333 .040
2011 25 AAA Col 315 289 5.4% 15.2% 0.35 83% .361 .218
2011 25 MAJ COL 189 180 3.7% 18.5% 0.20 81% .291 .133
2012 26 AAA Col 54 51 3.7% 22.2% 0.17 76% .385 .118
2012 26 MAJ COL 377 345 7.2% 22.3% 0.32 76% .377 .157
2013 27 AAA Sal 144 134 5.6% 16% 0.35 83% .362 .217
2013 27 MAJ LAA 119 109 6.7% 30.3% 0.22 67% .300 .129
2013 27 MAJ COL 71 66 5.6% 26.8% 0.21 71% .340 .076
2013 27 MAJ NYY 37 36 2.7% 29.7% 0.09 69% .320 .056
2013  (Multiple Teams) 27 MAJ LAA/COL/NYY 227 211 5.7% 29.1% 0.20 69% .317 .100
2014 28 AAA Lou 36 34 5.6% 22.2% 0.25 76% .440 .118
3-Year Averages MAJ   262 245 5.7% 23.3% 0.25 75% .335 .123
Career MAJ   820 761 5.9% 23% 0.25 75% .338 .131

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Career Batter vs. Pitcher Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Best Matchups for Chris Nelson (by OPS, min 3 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Josh Lindblom OAK 3 2 1 3 0 1 0 .667 2.000 2.500
Andrew Cashner SD 3 2 1 2 0 0 0 .667 1.667 2.333
Tim Hudson SF 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .667 1.333 2.000
Felix Hernandez SEA 4 2 1 2 0 1 0 .500 1.250 1.750
Phil Hughes MIN 3 1 1 1 0 1 0 .333 1.333 1.667
Rick Porcello DET 3 1 1 3 0 0 0 .333 1.333 1.667
Jeff Samardzija CHI-N 3 1 1 1 0 1 0 .333 1.333 1.667
Vance Worley PIT 3 1 1 2 0 0 0 .333 1.333 1.667
Luke Gregerson OAK 8 5 0 2 0 1 0 .625 .750 1.375
Mark Rogers SEA 3 2 0 3 0 1 0 .667 .667 1.333

Worst Matchups for Chris Nelson (by OPS, min 3 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Joe Kelly STL 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
John Lannan NY-N 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Cliff Lee PHI 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Ramon Troncoso KC 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000
Justin Verlander DET 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Erasmo Ramirez SEA 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Fernando Rodriguez OAK 3 0 0 0 0 2 3 .000 .000 .000
Wandy Rodriguez PIT 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Randy Wolf AZ 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Max Scherzer DET 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000

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Chris Nelson: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Nelson has opted out of his contract and requested his release, ESPN.com reports.

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Nelson has been taking reps at first base this spring, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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Nelson has a small chance of making the Opening Day roster if Jack Hannahan has to begin the year on the DL, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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Nelson signed a minor league deal with the Reds on Monday, which includes an invitation to spring training, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

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The Angels did not tender a contract to Nelson, the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Nelson (hamstring) still hopes to play this week, Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times reports.

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Nelson is not in the starting lineup Tuesday the Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher reports.

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Nelson (hamstring) was activated from the disabled list Tuesday, MLB.com reports.

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Nelson (hamstring) is close to returning to the Angels, the Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher reports.

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2014

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2013

Through the first four months of last season, Nelson did not look like he would factor into the team's infield mix for 2013, as he batted .256 while playing substandard defense at second and third base. After coming back from the DL in early August from an irregular heartbeat, Nelson looked like a different hitter, batting .328 in August and .346 in September, getting on-base at a .375 clip each month. With Josh Rutledge set to open the season at second base, Nelson should get a shot to compete with Jordan Pacheco at third base. Nelson's light pop and poor fielding at third base (-12.3 UZR and .931 fielding percentage) might inhibit from earning the full-time gig, but his increased walk rate and ability to hit both left- and right-handed pitching should at least afford him several pinch-hitting chances.

2012

Nelson was part of the Rockies' revolving door situation at second base last season, but he didn't do much in limited opportunities to distinguish himself as a viable everyday option. His time in the big leagues over the last two seasons has resulted in a very low walk rate (3.7 percent) which doesn't bode well for a middle-infielder with limited pop. Now 26, he may be fated to battling for a utility job as his only means to stick in Colorado. Unfortunately, the Rockies have similar alternatives available in Jonathan Herrera and Thomas Field should Nelson fail to impress.

2011

Nelson's stock has risen and fallen a few times since he was drafted ninth overall in 2004. He's battled various injuries such as a broken hamate bone and a strained oblique. He offers a modest blend of power, speed, and average along with the ability to play most infield positions, albeit not well. He spent much of 2010 in Triple-A Colorado Springs, where he hit .317/.379/.498 with 12 homers and seven stolen bases. If he can stay healthy, improve his defense, and find at-bats, he may yet live up to some of the hype that once surrounded him.

2010

Nelson is seen as an offensive middle infielder by the Rockies, bringing the potential for stolen bases and power. His 2009 season ended with a torn wrist ligament in June, but he should be healthy enough to start 2010 at Triple-A Colorado Springs. The fact that he can fill-in anywhere in the infield with good speed will help his utility chances. However, the Rockies are gaining depth in their farm system, perhaps leaving Nelson behind.

2009

A broken hamate bone split his season, but Nelson was playing terribly when the injury happened, so you can't pin the stat line on the busted left hand. He's a second baseman now, although his long-term future is likely as a utility infielder.

2008

Nelson finally started to make progress in 2007. The ninth-overall pick in the 2004 draft spent the entire year at High-A Modesto and hit .289/.358/.503 with 19 home runs, 99 RBI and 27 stolen bases. He has five-tool talent and at 22 years old, there is still plenty of time to develop. Expect him to start the year at Double-A.

2007

A disappointment since the Rockies made him the ninth overall pick in 2004, Nelson spent 2006 repeating low-A. Talent-wise, he has earned the coveted "five-tool" label, but the numbers just haven't been there. He's also struggled with injuries each year, including one to his hamstring this past season. Nelson's power-speed combination makes him worth watching as he strives for a breakout year for high-A Modesto.

2006

The ninth overall pick in 2004, Nelson is a five-tool player who is rated one of the most talented shortstops in the minors. Yet he spent 2005 at Low-A Asheville hitting a meager .241/.304/.330. He has great bat speed and hand-eye coordination and will look to improve upon his mediocre season at high-A Modesto in 2006.

2005

Nelson, the Rockies' first round pick in 2004, will start the season in low Single-A. He has a quick bat, but the Rockies won't rush him, and a major league debut is at least two years away.

2004

An advanced hitter for a high schooler, he has good bat speed, and strong baseball instincts with a quality arm. Is considered more advanced that B.J. Upton was when he was a high schooler but doesn’t likely have the same power ceiling.