Chris Nelson (baseball)

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Chris Nelson
Nelson with the Colorado Rockies
Born: (1985-09-03) September 3, 1985 (age 38)
Escondido, California, U.S.
Batted: Right
Threw: Right
MLB debut
June 19, 2010, for the Colorado Rockies
Last MLB appearance
August 29, 2014, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
Batting average.265
Home runs16
Runs batted in100

Christopher Lars Nelson (born September 3, 1985) is an American former professional baseball infielder. Nelson has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Colorado Rockies from 2010 through 2013, New York Yankees in 2013, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2013 and the San Diego Padres in 2014.

High school[edit]

Nelson played baseball at Redan High School in Stone Mountain, Georgia. He was one of the nation's top pitching prospects before undergoing Tommy John surgery following his junior season. As a senior, he batted .552. Nelson committed to play college baseball at Georgia.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Colorado Rockies[edit]

The Colorado Rockies selected Nelson in the first round, with the ninth overall selection, of the 2004 amateur entry draft,[2] and received the third largest signing bonus in Rockies history.[3] In July 2007, while playing for the Modesto Nuts, Nelson was named Rockies Farm Player of the Month.[4]

Nelson was called up on June 18, 2010, to replace Troy Tulowitzki, who had broken his wrist.[5] He was expected to play second base, with Clint Barmes moving to shortstop.

On September 9, 2010, Nelson stole home plate against Cincinnati Reds pitcher Nick Masset, scoring what would be the deciding run in the Rockies' victory, their seventh straight. It was Nelson's first career stolen base, and the first time he had stolen home plate at any level.[6]

Though he struggled at the MLB level during the 2011 season, Nelson was announced as the third base starter along with Jordan Pacheco during Spring Training in 2012. He was designated for assignment on April 28, 2013.[7]

New York Yankees[edit]

On May 1, Nelson was traded to the New York Yankees.[8] On May 15, he was designated for assignment to make room on the roster for David Adams.[9]

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[edit]

On May 18, 2013, Nelson was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.[10] He was designated for assignment on June 10, 2013,[11] and accepted an assignment to the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees on June 13.[12] Following the trade of Alberto Callaspo on July 31, Nelson's contract was selected from Salt Lake.[13] On August 15, he hit his first career grand slam against Yankees reliever Boone Logan.[14] After the season, Nelson was non-tendered by the Angels, making him a free agent.[15]

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

On January 28, 2014, Nelson signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds.[16] On June 16, 2014, Nelson was released by the Reds.[17]

San Diego Padres[edit]

On June 19, 2014, Nelson signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres.[18] On July 18, 2014, Nelson was called up from Triple-A El Paso and made his Padres debut against the New York Mets, going 2–4 with 2 RBI.[19][20] He was designated for assignment on September 2, 2014. Nelson elected free agency in October 2014.[21]

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

Nelson signed a minor league deal with the Philadelphia Phillies on November 25, 2014.

Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

Nelson signed a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers on May 9, 2015. And he was released on June 17, 2015.

Washington Nationals[edit]

Nelson signed a minor league deal with the Washington Nationals on June 21, 2015. He was released by the Washington Nationals on July 25, 2015.

Return to Colorado[edit]

On February 15, 2016, Nelson signed a minor league deal to return to Colorado.

Sugar Land Skeeters[edit]

On March 21, 2017, Nelson signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

Kansas City Royals[edit]

On May 15, 2017, Nelson signed a minor league deal with the Kansas City Royals.

He was named Bench Coach for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, AA affiliate of the Kansas City Royals, for the 2018 season.[22]

Awards and honors[edit]

2008 AFL Rising Stars
2007 Baseball America High Class A All-Star
2007 CAL Post-Season All-Star
2006 SAL Mid-Season All-Star



  1. ^ Ching, David (June 4, 2012). "MLB draft, UGA signees no strangers". ESPN. Retrieved January 26, 2018.
  2. ^ "Rockies select Nelson in first round: High school shortstop taken ninth overall in 2004 First-Year Player Draft". June 7, 2004. Retrieved April 8, 2009.
  3. ^ Ringolsby, Tracy (February 11, 2005). "Top Ten Prospects: Colorado Rockies". Baseball America. Retrieved April 8, 2009.
  4. ^ Weiss, Brad (August 2, 2007). "Rockies Farm Player of the Month". Archived from the original on July 16, 2011. Retrieved April 8, 2009.
  5. ^ "Troy Tulowitzki placed on DL". Associated Press. June 1, 2012. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  6. ^ "Rockies sweep Reds for seventh straight win". September 9, 2010. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  7. ^ Harding, Thomas (April 28, 2013). "Prospect Arenado ready to face high expectations". Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  8. ^ "Yankees acquire infielder Chris Nelson from Rockies". USA Today. Associated Press. May 2, 2013. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  9. ^ "Yankees call up INF David Adams, cut Chris Nelson". Associated Press. May 15, 2013. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  10. ^ Short, D.J. (May 18, 2013). "Angels claim infielder Chris Nelson off waivers from the Yankees". NBC Sports. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  11. ^ "Angels activate OF Peter Bourjos". June 11, 2013. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  12. ^ O'Bannon, Whitney (June 22, 2013). "Angels prospect Chris Nelson bumped between teams, but not giving up the Major League dream". Deseret News. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  13. ^ Boor, William (August 2, 2013). "Nelson making most of opportunity at third base". Retrieved July 20, 2014.[permanent dead link]
  14. ^ "Chris Nelson homers twice as Angels hold off Alfonso Soriano, Yankees". Associated Press. August 15, 2013. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  15. ^ Gonzalez, Alden (December 2, 2013). "Angels non-tender Williams, Hanson, two others". Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  16. ^ "Chris Nelson, Reds agree to minor league contract". Boston Herald. Associated Press. January 28, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2014.
  17. ^ Todd, Jeff (June 16, 2014). "Reds Release Chris Nelson After He Exercises Opt-Out". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  18. ^ "Padres call up Chris Nelson from Triple-A". Associated Press. July 18, 2014. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  19. ^ Richer, Tim (July 19, 2014). "Padres Look to Start Post Street Era Strong". Retrieved July 25, 2014.
  20. ^ Laws, Will (July 18, 2014). "Padres call up infielder Nelson from Triple-A El Paso". Retrieved June 15, 2015.
  21. ^ Polishuk, Mark (October 6, 2014). "Players Who Have Elected Minor League Free Agency". Retrieved October 6, 2014.
  22. ^ "Top MLB Prospects, Scouting Reports, Analysis".
  23. ^ "- the Baseball Cube". Archived from the original on April 22, 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-07.

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