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Chris Nelson, 3B, Colorado Rockies
Arenado on deck?
Nelson began the year in a tandem arrangement with former catcher Jordan Pacheco at the hot corner in Colorado. Pacheco was shipped to Triple-A Colorado Springs Monday so that he can focus on improving his defensive play at the position. Pacheco's stick offers batting average upside and a higher ceiling than that of Nelson, so there's a good chance he'll be back competing for playing time at third base if he can improve his glove work. Pacheco was hitting just .200 (1-for-10).
Nelson, 26, has mostly served in a utility role with the Rockies before getting the shot at third base this spring; his mediocre skills across the board have relegated him to such duty. Last year he played 27 games at second and 21 games at third. In 63 contests last year, Nelson hit .250 with four homers and 16 RBIs in 189 plate appearances. He also chipped in three thefts.
In nine games in 2012, he's hitting .267 with two RBIs and a stolen base. The Escondido, Calif. native doesn't do anything that jumps off the page and perhaps his biggest contributions may come in the stolen base department, which isn't saying much.
Nelson is basically biding time until either Pacheco or, more likely, Nolan Arenado come up to take the job for good. In the meantime, though, expect Nelson to see consistent at-bats. Jonathan Herrera poses a minor threat to his PT, but until Jim Tracy says otherwise, Nelson appears to be the starter.
Shallow mixed: Pass
Deep mixed: Watch
About Keith Hernandez
Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.
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