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Mat Nelson

#31 | C | RedsCIN
Dayton Dragons Dayton Dragons
Mat Nelson
Name: Matheu Adam Nelson
Born: Jan 14, 1999 in Clearwater, FL
High School: Calvary Christian HS, Clearwater, Fla.
College: Florida State
College: Florida State
Ht.: 5'11" / Wt.: 190 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
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Drafted in the supplemental 1st round (35th overall) by the Cincinnati Reds in 2021 (signed for $2,093,300)
Nelson ranked squarely in the middle of the BA 500 in the 2020 class, at No. 250, thanks to an all-around profile with a compact swing and solid arm strength, but no obvious carrying tools. A year later, Nelson has dramatically shifted his profile and improved his draft stock, thanks to one of the better offensive seasons of any Power 5 Conference player. Through 52 games, Nelson was tied for the Division I lead with 23 home runs, while putting up a .330/.436/.773 slash line. Nelson has a compact and strong frame, listed at 5-foot-11, 209 pounds, and his homers this season have been scattered from the left-field line to the right-center gap, with a majority of them coming off of fastballs. There is some swing and miss to Nelson’s game, and he also struggled with pitches on the inner third and with spin, but when he’s able to get his hands extended he has shown an ability to do plenty of damage. He has the defensive tools to stick behind the plate, with some scouts saying he is one of the better catch-and-throw backstops in the country in a class where most of the top college backstops are bat-first types. He has easy, plus arm strength and has shown an ability to throw quickly and with good carry from his knees, with solid blocking and receiving ability as well. Nelson is old for the class but has a chance to be an everyday catcher with some power.
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