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[Interview]: James Nelson gets new start in Yankees organization

Miami Marlins James Nelson (67) during a Florida Instructional League game against the Washington Nationals on September 26, 2018 at the Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. (Mike Janes/Four Seam Images via AP)

While the New York Yankees did not make many moves over the winter, they did add another player into their minor league organization. Back in January, they acquired infielder James Nelson from the Miami Marlins in exchange for left-handed reliever, Stephen Tarpley.

Nelson was selected in the 15th Round of the 2016 MLB Draft by the Marlins out of Cisco Junior College in Texas. He had spent the last two seasons of his professional career at High-A Jupiter. In his professional career, he has a slash line of .259/.309/.354 with 14 home runs and 147 RBIs in 328 games.

In 2017 and 2018, Nelson was ranked as the 16th best prospect in the Marlins organization by MLB Pipeline. With a change of scenery and a new organization, can Nelson get the most out of his talent with the Yankees?

We had the chance to talk to Nelson about his career so far, the changes he made to his swing a year ago, and how he now gets the chance to play for the team he once enjoyed watching: Nelson is in Florida as we record this, so keep that in mind for some of the answers.

Miami Marlins James Nelson (67) follows through on a swing during a Florida Instructional League game against the Washington Nationals on September 26, 2018 at the Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. (Mike Janes/Four Seam Images via AP)

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