Tuesday, November 30, 2004

Chris Nelson Report

Chris Nelson, SS, Colorado Rockies
Drafted 9th Overall, 2004 Draft, HS, Decatur, GA
Bats R/Throws R
18 YO, 6'1", 185 lbs

He's a typical tools draft pick with almost universal praise for his defense and athleticism, and the only thing you generally heard about him at the plate was that his swing projected to provide gap power and a good batting average. Well, the good news is that he hit well in the Pioneer League after hitting over .500 as a high school senior. His line for Casper was a healthy .347/.432/.510 in 147 at bats. He also has a head start on most of his age group with 20 walks. Add that to his defense, and you have the makings of a pretty good shortstop.

The bad news is that he's still 5 levels away from the major leagues and it makes it almost impossible to write this profile in stone or give him too many stars. He'll start next season in the Sally League.

ETA: 2007
2 1/2 Stars

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