Milwaukee Brewers rookie Jimmy Nelson hasn’t thrown a pitch in the Pacific Coast League since July 7. That didn’t stop the PCL’s managers and media representatives from naming Nelson the league’s Pitcher of the Year.
In 17 appearances for Triple-A Nashville this season, 16 of them starts, Nelson was flat-out dominant, going 10-2 with a 1.46 ERA and 0.919 WHIP in 111 innings, with 114 strikeouts.
Those are ridiculously good numbers for the offense-heavy PCL, where teams average five runs a game this season and the league ERA is 4.62.
“It’s an honor,” Nelson told MLB.com. “It’s pretty cool that the Brewers have gotten it the last couple years. It shows that we have some guys developing in our system.”
Nelson was a near-unanimous choice, with Iowa Cubs pitcher Kyle Hendricks the only other hurler to receive a vote.
At the time he was promoted to the big leagues for good, Nelson was leading all of Minor League Baseball in ERA and with a .179 opponents’ batting average.
The sailing hasn’t been quite as smooth for Nelson in the show. In nine starts for the Brewers, he is now 2-5 with a 4.10 ERA and 1.348 WHIP in 52.2 innings. Including Tuesday night’s loss at San Diego, Nelson has lost his last three decisions.