San Diego, CA- The San Diego Padres have signed infielder Chris Nelson to a minor league deal, according to Padres.com Corey Brock. Chris Nelson’s contract contains an opt-out date on August 1. Chris Nelson will report to Triple-A El Paso.
Nelson was playing in Triple-A Louisville for the Cincinnati Reds organization, before being released by the Reds earlier this week after Nelson opted-out of his minor league deal to pursue a Major League opportunity. Nelson originally opted out of his minor league deal at the end of the spring training with the Reds and would re-sign with the Reds to begin the season.
On the season Nelson was batting .274 with four home runs and 38 RBI’s in Triple-A Louisville.
Chris Nelson last season spent time with the Colorado Rockie, New York Yankees and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Nelson batted .227 with three home runs and 24 RBI’s. Chris Nelson was once a top prospect for the Colorado Rockies, after being drafted No. 9 overall in the 2004 draft by the Colorado Rockies.Chris Nelson made his Major League debut for the Rockies in 2010 and in 2012 had the best season of his career batting .301 with nine home runs and 53 RBI’s.
Chris Nelson brings experience and depth to the Padres organization at both second and third base. The addition of strengthens the San Diego Padres Triple-A middle infield depth. Currently in Triple-A the San Diego Padres have former Major Leaguers Brooks Conrad, Tyler Greene and prospects Jonathan Galvez and Jake Lemmerman. While Conrad and Galvez are likely the Padres top remaining options if they need to call-up relief from Triple-A, don’t be surprised to possibly see Chris Nelson at some point this season if the Padres continue to undergo injuries to their middle infield.