MIAMI – The Miami Marlins today named third baseman James Nelson and right-handed starter Trevor Richards as the organization’s Player and Pitcher of the Year for 2017. The announcement was made by Marlins’ President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill.
Nelson spent the season with Single-A Greensboro, appearing in 102 games. He finished second in the South Atlantic League with a .309 (122×395) batting average, earning Midseason and Postseason All-Star honors. His batting average led all Marlins’ minor leaguers, and his 59 RBI ranked fifth.
From April 28 to June 9 he posted the longest on-base streak in the SAL this season, at 37 games. Within that span he posted a 24-game hitting streak from May 14 to June 9, also the longest in the SAL this year. Nelson batted .376 (56×149) during the on-base streak, and .368 (35×95) during the hitting streak. The performance earned him Organizational Player of the Month honors for May; he slashed .372/.425/.540 for the month, leading the SAL in hits (42) and ranking third in average.
Nelson, 19, was Miami’s 15th-round selection in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Cisco Junior College (TX). A native of Rex, Georgia, he set career highs in hits, doubles (31), home runs (7), and RBI this season.
*****In an unrelated offseason move, Jake Holloway, Assistant General Manager/Head Groundskeeper for the Greensboro Grasshoppers, will be moving on after 21 years with the Greensboro Baseball Organization, to take on a similar role with USA Baseball, in Cary, North Carolina….We would like to take this time to thank Jake for his outstanding efforts and work at the ballpark over the years, and we wish him nothing but the best as he, his wife and two daughters join USA Baseball, in Cary…..*****
+++++Jake took on Mother Nature and the Rain-delays for many seasons and somehow Jake Holloway won more than he lost, when it came to those games that would be affected by Mother Nature and her forces of rain…Thank-you Jake and we can all go home now, it is just past 11:45pm, but we did get the game/games in…..+++++
$$$$$ Here are a few notes that came our way from Marlins.com as we hit the end of the ’17 Season Stretch….$$$$$
6 Things You Should Know
1. A statement from Jeffrey Loria
Jeffrey Loria described how much our franchise has meant to him. With a heartfelt sign off, he thanked our loyal fans for their commitment and passion.
2. We close out the 2017 season this weekend at home
It wouldn’t be a proper celebration without you. Let’s finish strong. Our four-game series against Atlanta starts tonight: marlins.com/tickets
Your support has made this season one for the books. As a sign of our gratitude, we’ll be giving away all kinds of goodies on social media and through the MLB.com Ballpark app this weekend. Let the giving begin: marlins.com/social
4. Star Wars Night returns
While we eagerly await Episode VIII, Stars Wars Night returns this Saturday. The Force awakens for a fun-filled evening that includes an exclusive Adam Conley Stormtrooper bobblehead for all fans who purchase the special event package: marlins.com/specialevents
5. The most anticipated bobblehead of the season is here
Complete your bobblehead collection with Sunday’s Christian Yelich bobblehead, presented by DeWalt. Take home your very own center fielder: marlins.com/promotions
6. This is what courage looks like.
Help us honor South Dade High School Principal, Javier Perez. Be there as Javi takes his first steps, walks to the pitcher’s mound and throws out the first pitch. Join us. #JaviStrong
4 Fish Facts
1. Giancarlo, Justin and Marcell are the first trio of Marlins teammates to record 25+ homers in the same season since 2008.
2. Dee is just the 4th player since 1913 to have 800+ hits and 250+ stolen bases through their first 700 career games.
3. Giancarlo is the first National League player with 30+ doubles, 50+ home runs and 125+ RBI in a season since 2001.
4. Giancarlo and Dee are the 1st pair of #Marlins teammates since 2007 (and just the 5th pair overall) to score 100+ runs in the same season.