Full name Kyle Bartlett Nelson...Pitched three seasons for UC Santa Barbara from 2015-17...Was a reliever his first two years, pitching alongside Shane Bieber for the Gauchos...Posted a 0.75 ERA as a freshman (3ER/36.0IP) and a 2.18 ERA with 7 wins and 10 saves as a sophomore (18ER/74.1IP/87SO), earning All-Big West First Team honors with Bieber... Posted a 4.53 ERA in 15 starts during junior campaign...Graduated from Galileo High School in 2014, played baseball and quarterback on the football team.
Spent most of the year at the Lake County Alternate Training Site and made his Major League debut on Sept. 10 vs. Kansas City (0.2IP, 3H, 4R/ER, 1BB, 3-run HR to Adalberto Mondesi)...Was with the ML club, Sept. 9-15, and was a member of the "Taxi Squad" in late September...Did make two relief appearances in Spring Training (2.0IP, 2H, 0R, 3SO) as a Minor League camp player.
Posted a combined season ERA of 2.28 and seven saves in three stops along each level of the Tribe's Minor League system (47.1IP, 28H, 12ER, 69SO, .169 avg)...Began the year at Single-A Lynchburg and after 9.1 innings over 8 relief outings he was elevated to AA Akron on 5/2...Did not allow an earned run over his first 18 outings, covering 22.0 innings of work and allowed just one ER in his first 23 games (27.1IP)...Promoted to AAA Columbus on 7/31...Struck out five batters over 2.0IP outing on August 23 vs. Toledo...Combined on the year left-handed batters hit .186 (11-for-59) and righties hit .159 (17-for-107)...Was on the Injured List in Akron, July 16-29, with a blister issue on left hand.
Named MiLB.com Organizational All-Star...Named Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star...Named Best Slider in Cleveland Farm System by Baseball America...Combined 1.58 ERA and six saves between Lake County and Lynchburg in 35 relief outings (45.2IP, 37H, 12ER, 67SO, .218 avg)...Promoted to LYN on 7/23...Zero HR allowed in 45.2IP...Lefties hit .184 (9-for-39) on the year...Did not allow an ER over his first 11 games (19.1IP)...Endured a pair of DL stints (lower back/left shoulder).