2010 second round pick Jimmy Nelson has cruised through the upper levels of the minors over the last two seasons, making 50 starts and posting a 3.05 ERA while climbing the organizational ladder from Brevard County to Nashville. Then he followed up that performance by allowing just one run on two hits in ten innings of work as a September callup. It appears those efforts have not gone unnoticed.
MLB.com unveiled their ranking of baseball's top 100 prospects on Thursday night, and Nelson is on the list for the first time at #83. He's come a long way since being compared to Jeff Suppan on draft day.
Nelson was one of 39 right handed pitchers included on the list this year, and was ranked a few spots behind Diamondbacks prospect Braden Shipley (#79) and just ahead of Mets pitcher Rafael Montero (#85).
MLB.com also ranked Nelson as the top prospect in the Brewers organization last winter, and had him 87th on their top 100. In each of the last two years he's been the only Brewer mentioned.