Hard Work Pays Off For James Nelson

Marlins Organization Report

MIAMI–Third baseman James Nelson hit only one home run as a senior at Redan High in Stone Mountain, Ga. One year later, he hit .400 with 17 home runs at Cisco (Texas) JC.

The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Nelson said he has gained about 15 pounds since high school. He didn't begin lifting weights seriously until he got to college.

But there's something else at play with Nelson's new-found power. The 19-year-old still is developing as a slugger.

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