Nelson is in his seventh professional season, all with the Cubs, after he made his Major League debut in 2022....Added to Chicago's 40-man roster, Nov. 19, 2021....Named the 2021 Arizona Fall League MVP with the Mesa Solar Sox, helping the club to the AFL title... Named to the 2021 AFL Fall Stars Game....Owns a .256 career average (347-for-1,355) with 75 doubles, 11 triples, 60 home runs and 201 RBI in 372 Minor League contests....Ranked as the organization's 10th-best prospect by Baseball America entering 2018....Three times has been named Cubs Minor League Player of the Month by the organization: August 2017, August 2018 and August 2021....Selected by Chicago in the fifth round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft out of PJ Education School in Puerto Rico.
Nelson in 2022 played in 77 games for the Cubs, batting .205 (38-for-185) with seven doubles, three triples, six home runs, 26 RBI and five stolen bases....Saw time at all three outfield positions and designated hitter, tallying two assists. ...Made his Major League debut in game one of the doubleheader May 30 vs. Milwaukee...collected his first career hit that day, an infield single off Ethan Small....Optioned to Triple-A Iowa June 1...recalled June 20... In the first 12 games after being recalled from Iowa, batted .308 (8-for-26) with four RBI, a .400 OBP and a .977 OPS....Hit his first career homer July 4 at Milwaukee off Eric Lauer....Blasted two home runs and notched a career-high five RBI July 22 at Philadelphia after entering as a pinch-hitter...is the second Cub since at least 1901 to record two homers in a game as a non-starter (also Thad Bosley, Aug. 12, 1985)...His first homer of the game was the first pinch-homer of his career....Tallied a career-high three hits Aug. 8 against the Nationals, including his first career game-winning RBI....Had two career-high five-game hitting streaks, June 30-July 5 and Aug. 8-16....Hit triples in back-to-back games Oct. 1-2, becoming the first Cub to accomplish the feat since Kyle Schwarber (Sept. 1-2, 2018).
In 2021, led Cubs minor leaguers with 73 RBI, 45 extra-base hits and 191 total bases while his 20 home runs and 104 hits ranked second... Batted .290 (36-for-124) with 10 doubles, one triple, eight home runs and 27 RBI in 34 games for Double-A Tennessee following his promotion from High-A South Bend, Aug. 4... Between the two clubs, batted .270 (104-for-385) with 23 doubles, two triples, 20 home runs and 73 RBI in 103 games... Named the Arizona Fall League MVP after leading the league with nine home runs, 40 hits, a .712 slugging mark, a 1.191 OPS, 16 extra-base hits and 74 total bases in 26 games for the Mesa Solar Sox... Was the Cubs' first AFL MVP since Kris Bryant in 2013.