The Arizona Diamondbacks’ top pitching prospect will make his major league debut Monday against the San Diego Padres. Ryne Nelson is the No.8 prospect on MLB Pipeline. He went to the University of Oregon and was a second-round draft pick in 2019.
In 2021 Nelson was Arizona’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year; he played in A+ and AA ball last season. Nelson finished with a 7-4 record with a 3.17 ERA. He pitched 116.1 innings and struck out 163 batters.
This season, Nelson is in Reno pitching for the Aces in Triple-A. He has a 10-5 record with a 5.43 ERA. The pitcher has thrown 136 innings, given up 142 hits, and struck out 117 batters.
Nelson features a four-seam fastball that maintains in the low 90s and tops out at 97 while it rises. He also has a slider in the mid-80s and sometimes mixes in a curveball. In addition, Nelson will occasionally throw a change-up to keep hitters off balance.
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