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Oregon P Ryne Nelson Selected by Arizona Diamondbacks

A Diamond Duck finds his future professional home!

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The Ducks have a Day 1 draft pick in Ryne Nelson via the second round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

According to, some scouts believe that his future lies in the bullpen due to a lack of command but an electric fastball that can reach triple digits with a plus breaking ball.

Baseball America ranked Nelson as their 83rd overall ranked prospect in the BA 500.

J.J. Cooper of Baseball America has some thoughts on Nelson’s pro prospects

It appears the Diamondbacks have a specific type of pitcher in mind for their draft prospects

Fun fact: MLB Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson’s daughter is a student at the University of Oregon. Inside source, perhaps?

Tyson Alger of The Athletic has some thoughts on Nelson. He believes in Nelson’s fastball will be his ticket to the big leagues like many of the scouting reports have said. Plus an interesting story detailing the Beavers’ antics against Nelson.

For more coverage on Nelson, go to AZ Snake Pit’s quick profile of RN here

Coach Horton via Aaron Fitt of with some lofty praise for young Ryne Nelson. Jacob DeGrom is one of the best pitchers in either league and has been for a period of years now.

Another DeGrom comp, courtesy of the man himself in this Daily Emerald article

Nelson pitched to a 4.29 era in 65 innings of work during the 2019 season while recording 104 strikeouts to 60 hits given up in 23 total appearances for the Ducks.

The Diamondbacks just can’t resist former Ducks as they drafted Matt Mercer in last year’s draft. Nelson’s bread and butter will be the potential 100 mph aka the Aroldis Chapman speed fastball, if he can develop some other pitches, maybe he can stick as a starter but it looks like a bullpen role for him in the future.

I’m sure ATQ’s baseball writer extraordinaire Colt Johnson will have more information in the coming days about any other drafted Ducks.

Congratulations Ryne! Go get em in the big leagues!