May 25, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Jimmy Nelson (52) throws during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Milwaukee Brewers rumors: Top prospect Jimmy Nelson to be called up?

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The Milwaukee Brewers started off their 2014 season as the hottest team in baseball. Understandably they’ve cooled off a bit, but they remain strong as we enter the All-Star break. However, despite their solid play it appears reinforcements might be on the way.

According to Tom Haudricourt, the Milwaukee Brewers could be nearing the promotion of top pitching prospect Jimmy Nelson, who could start against the St. Louis Cardinals this weekend.

Nelson has been dominant at Triple-A Nashville this season, posting an extremely impressive 1.46 ERA alongside a  0.92 WHIP with over a strikeout per inning. It’s success that has translated to the big leagues as well considering Nelson already had a spot start against the Miami Marlins earlier this season.

Despite pitching very well, Nelson was sent back down however a promotion this go around may be a permanent fixture.

The 25-year-old is a bit more seasoned than some other prospects so it’s within reason to expect some very solid numbers from Nelson who has already been given the chance to get his feet wet. Unlike a lot of young, uber-prospects, he isn’t coming up at 22 or 23 and being thrust into a situation he’s not ready for.

I’d venture to guess the Pittsburgh Pirates, Cincinnati Reds and St. Louis Cardinals didn’t feel like the Milwaukee Brewers starting pitching staff needed any extra help, but it looks like they may have it in the near future.

It is not known who would be bumped out of the starting five if the Brewers do decide to give Nelson a starting slot, as they are expected.

 

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