Originally Posted by A. Cavatica
mentioned Bryant Nelson as a longshot candidate to challenge Willie this spring. Nelson is a career minor leaguer (brief ML debut with Boston) who had a terrific season for Charlotte last year. I saw him play for the Knights and thought he was the best hitter on the team after Reed -- good plate discipline and a solid line-drive stroke -- so I think he deserves a look-see despite being nearly 31. However, he doesn't play short, so I don't see him winning a job as a utility infielder.
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Nelson's a great guy, good teammate, has done nothing but be a professional where ever he has played from all I have heard. The front-office people in Charlotte were really hoping to see him up there last year as a late-season call-up. I'd love to see him get a legit shot at the job in Spring Training if the Sox can't get anything done with Iguchi...