The Yankees announced on Wednesday that they have acquired Minor League third baseman James Nelson and cash considerations from the Marlins in exchange for left-hander Stephen Tarpley.
Nelson, 22, spent his 2019 season with Class A Advanced Jupiter, batting .228 (98-for-429) with 36 runs, 13 doubles, two triples, four homers and 36 RBIs in 121 games. Over four Minor League seasons, the right-handed hitter has hit .259 with 14 homers and 147 RBIs in 328 games, playing exclusively at third base.
The Rex, Ga., native was originally selected by the Marlins in the 15th round of the 2016 MLB Draft out of Cisco (Texas) College. MLB Pipeline had listed Nelson among Miami’s top 30 prospects in recent years, but he has been slowed by injuries.
The @Yankees announced today that they have acquired minor league 3B James Nelson and cash considerations from the Miami Marlins in exchange for LHP Stephen Tarpley.
— Yankees PR Dept. (@YankeesPR) January 15, 2020