Nelson made impression before being cut

Infielder Chris Nelson, the ninth overall choice in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, needed to make a good impression in Rockies camp. He was optioned to Minor League camp on Sunday morning, but he left a good impression.

Nelson, 24, has been hampered by injuries at various points of his career. But in last year’s Spring Training he might have been hurt more by the impression he gave then-bench coach Jim Tracy, who is now the manager.

“This kid in my opinion, his whole approach is completely different from a year ago,” Tracy said. “He gives me very much the impression that baseball is very important to him now. I didn’t get that impression as a coach here last year. His work ethic and everything else suggests exactly what I’m saying.”

Tracy announced on Saturday that right-hander Esmil Rogers also was optioned to the Minors. The Rockies have cut their Major League camp from 62 players to 44. The team has to trim to 25 for the regular season.


I just got back from Tucson, and Nelson did indeed give me reason for optimism. However, my optimism would be a great deal more if he were drafted in 2007, rather the 2004 season when we actually selected him.

Thanks for the comment. I’ve changed it.

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