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House of Shlain: This is Your Mendy's

Nick Shlain

Nick Shlain

Nick analyzes prospects for RotoWire and focuses on the Midwest League during the season.

Same time, same place, new House of Shlain.

Let's take a look at some of the prospect who have caught my eye in the past week.

Jimmy Nelson

It's about time. Nelson appears to have been called up to the big leagues to stay after 32 starts with Triple-A over the last two seasons. He's been particularly good in the Pacific Coast League this season, carrying a 114:32 K:BB in 111 innings and posting a 1.46 ERA and 0.91 WHIP (just three homers allowed) in the process. Drafted by the Reds in 2007, Nelson decided to attend the University of Alabama. Listed at 6-foot-6 and 245 pounds, he sits in the mid-90s with his four-seam fastball and his slider is also a plus pitch. He'll rack up strikeouts, induce groundballs with his two-seam fastball, and rarely get taken deep, which might prove to be a valuable skill with half of his starts coming at Miller Park. Nelson struggles with his command on occasion and he walked 50 batters in 83.1 innings wi

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