Summary

ETA: 2018 Position: RHP Age: 24 DOB: 09/01/1991 Bats: R Throws: R Height: 6' 2" Weight: 200 lb. Drafted: 2013, 30th (905) - STL • Fastball: 60 | Slider: 45 | Changeup: 50 | Control: 50 | Overall: 45 • Trey Nielson was drafted out of Utah State in 2013 where he played two seasons at third base before needing Tommy John surgery. He was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 30th round and signed for $30,000 although he required surgery. The son of retired big league pitcher Scott Nielsen, Trey faces much adversary on his way to the big leagues. First he is only 6’2”, below average height for a major league starting pitcher. He is also 24 years old and has only played one year in the minor leagues making him much older than the average prospect. On the other hand, Nielson can flat out throw the ball. His fastball tops out at 95MPH with nasty sink that can fool hitters at any level. Nielsen can get away with only have his fastball in the minor leagues but he will have to develop his secondary pitches if he expects to have success in the Majors. His slider and changeup have potential but right now are below average. He throws the ball hard and has the ability to throw strikes so if he develops a secondary pitch, he can be an asset in an MLB bullpen or even has a 4th or 5th starter.