TAMPA, FL (WJHG/WECP) A Rutherford and Gulf Coast baseball alum is getting a feeling for how life in minor league ball is! And that means, at times, feeling like a bit of a yo-yo!
Nick Nelson has been pitching for the Yankees Single-A team down in Tampa most of the summer, and pitching well. 5-3, a 3-4-5 ERA, 66 strikeouts in 62 innings.
That was good enough to get Nick a brief visit to the Yankees double-A team in Trenton, New Jersey early this week, that team needing, as it turned out to be, a spot start after one of it's own got called up by the big league club.
So up Nick went to Trenton, pitching Sunday, four innings, giving up a couple of runs on two hits and four walks, struck out five. The move began with a late night call late last week!
"They asked me how I was feeling, if I could throw on Sunday? And I said yeah I feel great, I could definitely pitch on Sunday. Then I kind of realized we had an off day on Sunday. So then he (his manager) was like 'ok, I'll give you more information later on.' And I get another call like five minutes later from the manager and he says 'pack your bags you're going up to Trenton to throw for the Thunder' and I was like 'no way, really!' So that kind of happened, threw and what not, and it was a cool experience. Definitely learned on what I have to do to be successful up there at the next level."
Monday, Nick was on a flight back to Tampa. Coming up Friday we'll hear more from Nelson about his season so far in the Florida State League, and how pitching in Trenton has whet his appetite for going back up and sticking there.