Nelson thriving at Triple-A Round Rock

Nelson thriving at Triple-A Round Rock

ROUND ROCK, Texas -- Triple-A Round Rock is struggling offensively. Veteran first baseman Brad Nelson is trying not to let it affect him.

Nelson hit two home runs for Round Rock on Saturday night in a 5-3 loss to Memphis. He is hitting .279 with 13 home runs and 51 RBIs for the Express.

He was drafted in the fourth round by the Brewers in 2001, eventually making his Major League debut for Milwaukee in 2008. His last big league action came in 2009. Nelson spent a year and a half with Seattle's Triple-A team in Tacoma before signing with the Rangers before each of the last two seasons.

"This is a great place to play," Nelson, 29, said. "The organization is one of the best organizations, if not the best organization, out there. There's a baseball family running things. They know how to treat you and your family. As a veteran player, you can't ask for anything more."

Nelson helped the Nashville Sounds, a team in the Brewers farm system, win a PCL championship in his first year at the Triple-A level. In his first year with Round Rock, Nelson batted .281 with 24 home runs and 83 RBIs as the Express won a division title with a record of 87-57.