TAMPA — Nick Nelson is giving the Yankees one thing to consider within the quick and long run — together with whether or not his outings ought to be of the quick or lengthy selection.
The precise-handed pitcher turned in two sturdy reduction innings Monday at George M. Steinbrenner Subject in his spring debut, flashing a fastball that reached 98 mph and a changeup that supervisor Aaron Boone referred to as “a particular pitch.”
“Confirmed you what makes him good and that’s a high-octane fastball, however his calling card’s that changeup,” Boone mentioned after the Yankees’ 5-Four win over the Tigers. “He was capable of get some key outs and a few massive swings and misses, even when he was behind within the rely. He made a pair pitches when he wanted to. The belief in that changeup to associate with that high-90s fastball is one thing we actually like. I really feel like he continues to develop in his polish a bit of bit. He’s positively somebody I and we’re enthusiastic about.”
The 25-year-old Nelson made his massive league debut final summer time, giving up 11 earned runs in 20 ²/₃ innings of reduction earlier than tossing a pair of scoreless frames within the ALDS towards the Rays. Six of the earned runs got here in a single brutal outing towards the Phillies, with seven of his appearances lasting greater than an inning.
Earlier than 2020, although, Nelson had began 74 video games (out of 76 appearances) within the minor leagues. That have provides the Yankees extra beginning depth, however he is also of worth once more as a reliever.
“Actually with Nelly, I might see any and the whole lot,” Boone mentioned. “I might see him persevering with to develop as a starter. I’m fairly sure he can affect our bullpen in a brief scenario but in addition have the power to offer us innings as effectively. He’s somebody that we’ll proceed to speak loads about and have conversations and attempt to don’t solely what’s finest for him however finally what’s finest for us transferring ahead this yr. However he definitely goes to determine into the plans, I might assume, in some unspecified time in the future.”
Boone mentioned he’s on the lookout for Nelson to command the strike zone and proceed growing his breaking ball— which might go a great distance in figuring out his future position.
“Enthusiastic about his continued growth,” Boone mentioned. “There’ll be plenty of conversations about him transferring ahead.”