Nelson, Coulter receive 2014 Robin Yount Performance Awards
Right-handed pitcher Jimmy Nelson (Brewers Minor League Pitcher of the Year) and catcher Clint Coulter (Brewers Minor League Player of the Year) were selected as the recipients of the 2014 Robin Yount Performance Awards.
Nelson, 25, went 10-2 with a 1.46 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) at Triple-A Nashville, including 114 strikeouts and 32 walks in 111.0 innings. He allowed just three home runs and held opponents to a .179 batting average. At the time of his promotion to Milwaukee on July 11, Nelson led the minor leagues in ERA, ranked third in the minors in strikeouts, and tied for the Pacific Coast League lead in wins.
Rated as the organization’s top prospect by Baseball America, he was named the PCL’s starting pitcher for the 2014 Triple-A All-Star Game, but did not play due to his big league promotion. Nelson also was named to the All-PCL Team and was named PCL Pitcher of the Year. Nelson is 2-7 with a 4.38 ERA in 11 starts with the Brewers this season. He was selected by the Brewers in the second round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft from the University of Alabama.
Coulter, 21, played the entire season at Class-A Wisconsin, where he batted .287 with 22 HR and 89 RBI in 126 games. His 22 homers tied Wisconsin’s single-season HR mark (Khris Davis in 2010 and Victor Roache in 2013) and tied the Midwest League lead. He led the league in on-base percentage (.410) and hit by pitches (21). Additionally, he ranked among the league leaders in RBI (2nd), slugging percentage (2nd, .520), walks (3rd, 73), runs (T4th, 84), total bases (5th, 223), extra-base hits (5th, 53) and batting average (10th).
Coulter was selected as the starting designated hitter for the Western Division at the 2014 Midwest League All-Star Game and was named as the DH on the league’s Postseason All-Star Team. He was drafted by the Brewers in the first round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of Union (WA) High School.