Former Gulf Coast and Rutherford pitcher Nick Nelson is a step closer to achieving his big league dream.
Nelson is on the New York Yankees' 40-man roster, a move made official Tuesday night.
Essentially, this makes Nelson eligible for a call-up to the MLB during the 2020 regular season or postseason and protects him from being selected by another team in the Rule Five Draft in December.
Nelson moved from Advanced-A Tampa in early June to AA Trenton after one start, striking out 83 in 65 innings with a 2.35 E.R.A. before moving to AAA Scranton Wilkes-Barre for four starts.
Prior to the deadline to make 40-man roster moves, Nelson was just a bit nervous...
"You have no idea!" I didn't get a call until around 7:40 that night," Nelson recalled. "It was pretty nerve wracking all day, but especially within that last hour right before 8. I was getting pretty nervous about it."
Afterwards though, it's business as usual.
"You get some 'congrats' texts and all that good stuff, but other than that nothing really changes. You're just kind of relieved that you got put on."
Nelson will continue living and training in Tampa this offseason then report to spring training in the same city in February.
His 24th birthday is December 5—this is a pretty good gift.