Chris Nelson (baseball)

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Chris Nelson
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Nelson during his tenure with the Colorado Rockies
San Diego Padres
Infielder
Born: (1985-09-03) September 3, 1985 (age 28)
Escondido, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
June 19, 2010 for the Colorado Rockies
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Batting average .268
Hits 204
Home runs 16
Runs batted in 93
Teams

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

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,[1] and received the third largest signing bonus in Rockies history.[2] In July 2007, while playing for the Modesto Nuts, Nelson was named Rockies Farm Player of the Month.[3]

Nelson was called up on June 18, 2010, to replace Troy Tulowitzki, who had broken his wrist. 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.

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.[4]

New York Yankees[edit]

On May 1, Nelson was traded to the New York Yankees. On May 15, he was designated for assignment to make room on the roster for David Adams.[5]

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[edit]

On May 18, 2013, Nelson was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.[6] He was designated for assignment on June 10, 2013, and accepted an assignment to the Triple-A Salt Lake Bees on June 13. Following the trade of Alberto Callaspo on July 31, Nelson's contract was selected from Salt Lake. On August 15, he hit his first career grand slam against Yankees reliever Boone Logan. After the season, Nelson was non-tendered by the Angels, making him a free agent.[7]

Cincinnati Reds[edit]

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

San Diego Padres[edit]

On June 19, 2014, Nelson signed a minor league deal with the San Diego Padres.

Awards/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

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