D-backs recall pitching prospect Ryne Nelson to start Monday vs. Padres

Sep 5, 2022, 12:31 PM | Updated: 12:33 pm
Pitcher Ryne Nelson #21 of the Amarillo Sod Poodles pitches during the game against the Frisco Roug...
Pitcher Ryne Nelson #21 of the Amarillo Sod Poodles pitches during the game against the Frisco RoughRiders at HODGETOWN Stadium on September 18, 2021 in Amarillo, Texas. (Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images)
(Photo by John E. Moore III/Getty Images)

The Arizona Diamondbacks are giving another one of their top prospects a taste of the big leagues in the final month of the regular season.

The D-backs announced that right-handed pitcher Ryne Nelson will make his MLB debut Monday against the San Diego Padres, as was said by manager Torey Lovullo on Saturday.

Nelson was added to the D-backs’ taxi squad Sunday and activated Monday.

In corresponding moves, infielder Yonny Hernandez was recalled from Triple-A Reno and placed on the 60-day injured list with a strained left calf, while reliever Luis Frias was optioned to Reno.

Nelson, Arizona’s No. 8 prospect on MLB Pipeline, was a second-round pick out of Oregon in 2019, the same draft Corbin Carroll was taken in.

The 6-foot-3 righty was Arizona’s Minor League Pitcher of the Year for 2021 after having a 3.17 ERA with 12.6 strikeouts per nine innings in 22 starts across Single-A Hillsborough and Double-A Amarillo.

Nelson started the 2022 season in Triple-A Reno, where he has started 26 games with an ERA of 5.43.

His most recent outing was one of his best with the Aces, as he tossed seven innings with no earned runs, one walk and five punch outs.

“He’s been throwing the ball real good,” Lovullo said Saturday. “Just want to give him an opportunity to come up here and get some really good September baseball experience against some good baseball teams.”

Pipeline evaluated that Nelson has a plus fastball that can hit the mid-90s mph. He pairs the heater with a curveball, slider and changeup.

He is the No. 4 ranked pitcher in the D-backs’ farm system behind Brandon Pfaadt, Blake Walston and Landon Sims.

Nelson’s promotion will allow Arizona to give extra rest to its other starters. Merrill Kelly will start Tuesday and Tommy Henry Wednesday.

Arizona begins a three-game series against the Padres Monday at 3:40 p.m.

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