OUTLOOK: Another talented veteran, Jimmy Nelson has the experience and skills to become one of the Tide's front-line pitchers this season ... the junior has posted a 5-6 record and 5.45 ERA in his two-year career at Alabama ... he has 76 strikeouts in 79 innings in his career ... has seen action as both starter and reliever the last two years ... recorded two wins and two saves for the Tide in 2009 ... named to the 2009 Florida Summer Collegiate League All-Star Team and 2008 Texas Collegiate League All-Star Team ... led the FSCL this past summer in innings pitched and strikeouts ...drafted in 39th round by Cincinnati Reds in 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.
2009 SUMMER BASEBALL: Played this summer for the Deland Suns in the Florida Summer Collegiate League ... led team to a 25-13 overall record and the FSCL regular season title ... lost in the playoffs to No. 4 seed Clermont in opening round ... played on same team as UA teammates Brandt Hendricks and Tyler White ... also summer league teammate of Mississippi outfielder Tyler Hashman and Georgia pitcher Eric Sewgman ... named to the FSCL All-Star team ... led the FSCL in innings pitched (58.2) and strikeouts (75) ... ranked eighth in the league with 2.76 ERA ... posted three wins during team's 13-game winning streak ... tossed six shutout innings against Leesburg on June 11 ... tied season-high and league high with 11 strikeouts against Leesburg on June 17 and July 7 ... won first three decisions, including two shutouts.
CAREER POSTSEASON NOTES: Nelson has five career postseason appearances in his two-year career with the Tide, including one start and four relief appearances ... he is 0-1 with 5.11 ERA (12.1 IP, 12 H, 9 R, 7 ER, 8 BB, 15 K) in those five outings ... he made two relief appearances in the 2009 postseason against South Carolina (May 20) and Oklahoma State (May 30) ... he recorded four strikeouts in 2 1/3 innings of an NCAA Regional loss to Oklahoma State ... appeared in three games in 2008 postseason and compiled 0-1 record and 4.82 ERA (9.1 IP, 9 H, 7 R, 5 ER, 4 BB, 10 K) ... made two appearances at the 2008 SEC Tournament against Kentucky and LSU ... made postseason debut against Kentucky in first-round game on May 21 ... allowed five runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings with three walks and five strikeouts in his first postseason start ... retired only batter he faced against LSU on May 24 ... pitched long relief in his lone NCAA Regional appearance against Coastal Carolina on May 31 ... allowed two runs and four hits in 4 1/3 innings with one walk and five strikeouts.
SOPHOMORE (2009): Nelson split time as starter and reliever ... opened the season as UA's closer, but relinquished those duties after three blown saves in March against Auburn (March 10), Mississippi (March 20) and Florida (March 27) ... compiled 2-3 record with two saves and 4.58 ERA ... made three midweek starts against UAB (March 24), Mississippi Valley State (April 14) and South Alabama (April 22) ... compiled 1-0 record and 5.91 ERA (10.1 IP, 10 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 7 BB, 9 K) in those three starts ... UA was 2-1 in his starts ... compiled 1-3 record with two saves and 4.01 ERA (24.2 IP, 21 H, 13 R, 11 ER, 12 BB, 26 K) in 18 relief appearances ... has 11 scoreless relief appearances ... retired the first batter in 12 of 18 games ... stranded 12 of 23 inherited runners ... opened the season with seven straight scoreless relief appearances ... notched saves against Nicholls State (1.2 IP, 2 K) on Feb. 24 and Illinois-Chicago (0.2 IP, 1 K) on Feb. 28 ... earned a one-pitch win against Nicholls State (0.1 IP) on Feb. 25 ... Nelson got a one-pitch foul out with two runners on base in 10th inning and then benefitted from Kent Matthes' walk-off home run in the bottom of the inning for the 8-7 win ... he worked season-high 3 1/3 innings against No. 1 Georgia (retired all 10 batters, 2 K) on March 15 ... picked up second win of the season in six-inning start against Mississippi Valley State (6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 3 BB, 5 K) on April 14 ... turned in best SEC outing of the season against No. 11 Arkansas (3 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K) on May 9 ... threw five scoreless innings with season-high seven strikeouts at Auburn on May 15 ... he also made two relief appearances during the Tide's three-game exhibition series against Cuba ... worked two innings and allowed one run and two hits with two walks and one strikeout ... his most impressive outing came in the series opener as he entered the game with no outs in eighth inning and two runners on base ... he retired three of the four batters he faced, including a bases-loaded strikeout with one out in the inning ...also pitched in relief in the series finale and allowed one run and one hit in Cuba's decisive 6-run inning ... named one of the top pitching prospects in the 2008 Texas Collegiate League Perfect Game Crosschecker and Baseball America ... named the 2008 TCL Freshman of the Year after posting a 3-2 record and 2.55 ERA during the summer ... led the league with 66 strikeout ... appeared in 11 games and made nine starts ... worked 49 1/3 innings and allowed 14 earned runs and 34 hits with 23 walks and 66 strikeouts ... held opponents to .188 batting average ... fourth in the TCL in innings pitched ... named to 2008 TCL All-Star Game.
FRESHMAN (2008): Appeared in 18 games and made four starts as a true freshman ... posted 3-3 record and 6.26 ERA for the Tide ... worked 41 2/3 innings and allowed 37 runs (29 ER) and 53 hits with 29 walks and 37 strikeouts ... after starting the season with an 0-2 record, Nelson rebounded to win three of his last four decisions ... pitched in five regular season SEC games ... Alabama was 1-3 (.250) in his four starts ... stranded seven of 15 inherited runners ... made UA debut against Cal Poly on Feb. 23 and yielded three runs and four hits in three innings in his first collegiate start ... added four walks and four strikeouts ... tagged with second straight loss after allowing six runs and four hits in one-third of an inning at UT Arlington on March 2 in his second start ... moved to the bullpen after first two starts and put up some pretty good numbers ... as a reliever, Nelson was 2-0 with a 5.74 ERA in 14 appearances ... he was 1-3 with a 7.43 ERA in four starts ... also made starts against Mississippi Valley State (April 8) and Kentucky (May 21) in the SEC Tournament ... earned first career win with strong outing against Mississippi Valley State (April 8) ... allowed two earned runs and two hits in 5 1/3 innings with two walks and six strikeouts ... did not allow an earned run in four innings of relief against Southern Mississippi at Trustmark Park on April 16 ... earned second win of the season with three scoreless innings of relief at Samford (April 29) in Birmingham ... earned third win of the season and first SEC win at Arkansas on May 4 ... made three relief appearances in the 2008 post season for the Tide ... allowed seven runs and nine hits in 9 1/3 innings with four walks and 10 strikeouts ... made two appearances at the 2008 SEC Tournament against Kentucky and LSU ... made postseason debut against Kentucky in first-round game on May 21 ... allowed five runs and five hits in 4 2/3 innings with three walks and five strikeouts in his first postseason start ... retired only batter he faced against LSU on May 24 ... pitched long relief in his lone NCAA Regional appearance against Coastal Carolina on May 31 ... allowed two runs and four hits in 4 1/3 innings with one walk and five strikeouts.
HIGH SCHOOL: A 2007 graduate of Niceville (Fla.) High School who played for Coach Kevin Berry, a former assistant coach at Alabama under Jim Wells ... the 2007 Niceville High School Player of the Year ... was a First-Team All-Area selection by The Daily News ... led the Eagles to a 22-5 record, including a 10-2 district mark ... Niceville was ranked 19th nationally by USA Today in 2007 ... was rated as the No. 125 prospect in the nation by Perfect Game Crosschecker as a senior ... participated in the 2006 World Wood Bat Association Championships, the 2006 Wilmington (N.C.) East Coast Professional Showcase, the 18-and-under WWBA National Championships and the 2006 Florida Showcase ... posted an 8-0 record with a 1.48 ERA on the mound as a junior while pitching five complete games.
PERSONAL: Full name is James Jacob Nelson ... son of Jim Nelson and Edward and Deborah Goodwin ... has two siblings, Sean and Seth ... his father, Jim, played football and ran track at the University of Florida ... his mother, Deborah, played basketball at Florida State ... he was born in Klamath Falls, Ore., on June 5, 1989.