To say that Chris Nelson had a good month of July would be an understatement, as the he showed why he is one of the top prospects in the Rockies organization. He not only got hits, but he drove in a boatload of runs, and showed the kind of power that today’s Major League shortstops lack. It may be time for Nelson to get a shot at Double-A ball, as he was one of the better hitters in all of Minor League Baseball in July.
For the month, Nelson made 27 starts at shortstop, but that is just where it begins. He batted .368 for the month, smacking 42 hits in 114 at-bats, and stole 11 bases. He also scored 34 times and was caught stealing only twice.
Those numbers are incredible by themselves, but when you look at the power numbers, it is clear why he was the obvious choice for Player of the Month. The young shortstop drove in an incredible 41 runs for the Modesto Nuts, and also had 21 extra-base hits. Included in those 21 extra-base hits were nine home runs, 11 doubles, and a triple.
The amazing month moved Nelson into the top four in the organization in home runs, runs batted in, and steals, cementing his place as one of the better prospects in the organization.
Overall, Nelson failed to bat over .270 for every other month of the season, and during July, boosted his batting average from .254 to .288, an amazing .034 point jump. To put the month in perspective, Nelson had six home runs coming into the month, 37 runs batted in, and ten stolen bases. Now, Nelson has 15 home runs, 78 runs batted in, and 22 steals.