James Nelson
20-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Miami Marlins A+
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Prior to the rebuild that begun this offseason, the Marlins had the worst farm system in baseball, with Nelson serving as the lone bright spot, at least for dynasty-league purposes. Intriguing young position players have been a rarity on the farm for Miami, but Nelson fits the bill, profiling as an everyday third baseman with prototypical offensive production for the position. He is still developing as a hitter, as evidenced by his 106:26 K:BB in 102 games at Low-A, so he will need to improve his pitch recognition and plan of attack. Nelson has plus bat speed that could eventually lead to 25-plus homer power in the majors. His .399 BABIP helped inflate his batting average in his first full season, but he has a good swing path and projects to eventually hit .270 or .280 in the big leagues. Given Nelson's lack of pedigree (15th round pick in 2016) and the disdain many have for the Marlins' farm system, he should be available on the cheap for one more offseason. Read Past Outlooks
Out with minor knee injury
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Knee
April 6, 2018
Nelson has a minor knee injury and is expected to be ready for game action by the end of April, MLB.com's Mike Rosenbaum reports.
ANALYSIS
Nelson was held back in extended spring training due to the injury, and while Rosenbaum did not specify which level he will head to, High-A seems most likely, as the 20-year-old third baseman played 102 games at Low-A last year. He has a lightning quick bat and at 6-foot-2, 180 pounds, he should eventually grow into 20-plus homer pop.
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Surging at Low-A
3BMiami Marlins  A+
August 6, 2017
Nelson, 19, is hitting .361 with nine RBI over his last 10 games for Low-A Greensboro.
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Extends hitting streak to 15 games at Low-A
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May 30, 2017
Nelson went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and two RBI for Low-A Greensboro in Monday's loss to Lakewood.
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Held back with quad injury
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Quadriceps
April 11, 2017
Nelson was held back in extended spring training to rehab a quad injury, MLB.com's Mike Rosenbaum reports.
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