Sounds pitcher selected to play in All-Star Futures Game

Wednesday, June 26, 2013 at 3:51pm
Staff reports

A budding star in the Milwaukee Brewers’ farm system has been dubbed a Future Star.

Nashville Sounds right-handed pitcher Jimmy Nelson was selected Wednesday to play in the All-Star Futures Game, July 14 in New York. The contest features the brightest minor league prospects from the 30 Major League franchises. The teams are broken up into U.S. and World and play two days before the MLB All-Star Game, which this year will be held at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.

Nelson, the lone representative for the Brewers, is 5-6 this year with a 2.79 ERA, 87 strikeouts, 28 walks and one complete game in 15 starts. The 6-foot-5, 243-pounder made his Triple-A debut earlier this month. He is 0-2 with a 3.00 ERA in three starts for the Sounds, who return to Nashville for a seven-game homestand on Thursday.

Rated by Baseball America as the Brewers’ fifth-best prospect, Nelson was drafted in the second round in 2010 out of Alabama.

This is the second all-star game for the 24-year-old from Niceville, Fla. Nelson was a Florida State League midseason All-Star last year while he played at Advanced-A Brevard County before his promotion to Double-A Huntsville.

In 2012, 30 Major League All-Stars had played in the Futures Game, including Jason Heyward, Bryce Harper, Ben Sheets and Evan Longoria.