Nashville Sounds Baseball
Sounds Pitcher Led Minors In ERA Prior To Mid-July Promotion
Nashville, TN – Nashville Sounds starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson has been named to the 2014 All-Pacific Coast League Team, which was announced by the league office this afternoon.
The 25-year-old right-hander dominated the PCL during his three-month stint with the Sounds earlier this season en route to earning a promotion to the Milwaukee Brewers. Entering the year, he had been rated by Baseball America as the organization’s top prospect.
At the time of his July 11th promotion to the Brewers, Nelson led the minor leagues in ERA, ranked 3rd in the minors in strikeouts, and co-led the PCL in victories.
Nelson worked quality efforts in 16 of his 17 Nashville outings (15 quality starts, 1 quality relief outing behind rehab starter) and held opponents to a .179 average, the lowest mark in the minors at the time of his departure.
He was named as the Pacific Coast League’s starting pitcher for the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game on July 16 at Durham, his 3rd All-Star selection in five pro seasons, but ultimately missed the contest due to his big league promotion.
The Niceville, FL resident, who was the Brewers’ 2nd round selection in the June 2010 draft, has posted a 2-4 record and 4.15 ERA (22er/47.1ip) in eight starts for Milwaukee this season.
The All-PCL squad is selected annually through voting by the league’s managers and media representatives.
Nelson becomes the 44th Sound in the team’s 37-year history to be recognized on his league’s postseason All-Star team. Prior to Nelson, the most recent occurrence came last year when pitcher Johnny Hellweg was honored on the all-league squad as well as 2013 PCL Pitcher of the Year.