Tag: James Nelson

DoTF: First-rounders hit HR’s to lead the way

Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders

The RailRiders game against Syracuse was postponed and will be made up July 7.

Double-A Somerset Patriots

The Patriots are currently getting hammered 10-3 in the 8th inning against Richmond. Instead of a full breakdown, here are homeruns hit by Luke Voit and Oswald Peraza:

High-A Hudson Valley Renegades

The Renegades beat the Jersey Shore BlueClaws 8-4 in this one behind a strong offensive performance from James Nelson moving to 24-16 on the season.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Reid Anderson: 2.2 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 1 K – 49% strikes sounds about right for that pitching line
  • In Relief: RHP Barrett Loseke: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K – 57% strikes and has 37 K in 24 IP on the season
  • In Relief: RHP Nick Ernst: 2.2 IP, zeroes, 5 K – 74% strikes…dominant outing to pick up the win
  • In Relief: RHP Derek Craft: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K – 54% strikes for the 6’8″ right-hander
  • Offensive Star: 3B James Nelson: 2-4, 1 HR, 1 2B, 3 RBI
  • Multi-hit Watch: 2B Oliver Dunn & RF Frederick Cuevas went 2-4…Dunn had a triple and Cuevas a double
  • Leftovers: Josh Breaux & Elijah Dunham each hit a double

Low-A Tampa Tarpons

Anthony Volpe hit two homeruns, including a walk-off in the 9th to give Tampa a 7-6 victory over the Bradenton Marauders. They are now 28-13 on the season.

  • Starting Pitcher: RHP Beck Way: 2.2 IP, 1 H, 2 R, 3 BB, 1 K – 47% strikes…struggled with control in this one
  • In Relief: RHP Matt Sauer: 4.2 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K – 69% strikes…surprised they left him in for that long and for 85 pitches
  • In Relief: RHP Trevor Holloway: 1.2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 1 K – 50% strikes…got a blown save and a W in the same game.
  • Offensive Star: DH Anthony Volpe: 3-5, 2 HR, 1 3B, 3 R, 4 RBI – huge game bringing his OPS to 1.033. Wouldn’t be surprised to see him get a call-up to High-A soon
  • Offensive Star 2: C Austin Wells: 2-4, 1 HR, 2 R, 2 RBI
  • Leftovers: Trevor Hauver, Andres Chaparro, & Pat DeMarco each had one hit to round out the offense.

Yankees trade Stephen Tarpley to Marlins

It didn’t take long for the Yankees to find a taker for left-handed reliever Stephen Tarpley. Just a few days after the team designated Tarpley for assignment in order to make room for Brett Gardner, Tarpley is off to the Marlins.

Tarpley, 26, was originally acquired from the Pirates in the Iván Nova back in 2016. He made his big league debut for the Yankees in 2018 and was pretty effective: in 9 innings, he struck out 13 and allowed just three runs. This year, however, Tarpley struggled. In 24 2/3 innings, he recorded a 6.93 ERA and 5.69 FIP.

The southpaw was an intriguing relief prospect considering his sky-high ground ball rates in the minors. However, the league’s new three-batter minimum rule probably will hinder his effectiveness going forward. He’s allowed a .460 wOBA against righties compared to a .235 against lefties in his brief big league career. Nonetheless, he should get an opportunity in the Marlins bullpen.

Nelson, a 22 year-old third baseman, was the Marlins’ 15th round pick back in 2016. He’s not on MLB Pipeline’s top-30 Miami prospects, but did get a brief mention in Fangraphs’ Marlins list:

Nelson is the most athletic of this [other prospects of note] group and has a body built for longevity but he hasn’t performed at all since his odd breakout, which we’re now several seasons removed from.

That breakout referenced was in 2017, when Nelson hit .309/.354/.456 (132 wRC+) in Single-A as a 19 year-old. But since then, he has a measly 66 wRC+ all in High-A. He was also Rule 5 eligible this winter, but obviously not selected. Clearly, he’s stalled out and not much a prospect at the moment, which is just about all the Yankees could have expected to get in this scenario.

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