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Nelson reflects on time with 'Baby Brewers'

Nelson reflects on time with 'Baby Brewers'

Nelson reflects on time with 'Baby Brewers' play video for Nelson reflects on time with 'Baby Brewers'

MILWAUKEE -- While the big league Brewers continued the season's final homestand, the "Baby Brewers" played for the Pioneer League Championship in Helena, Mont.

Three years ago, right-hander Jimmy Nelson was a Helena Brewer, closing a long season that began at the University of Alabama and ended with Nelson winning a ring. The 2010 Helena club, which also included Tyler Thornburg, beat Ogden in the championship round.

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"When you're a young guy like that, it's pretty cool; it gives you a lot of confidence," Nelson said. "It shows how quick guys, even though they don't know each other, can come together as a team. You learn to bond with guys real quick, and it shows talent."

Tuesday's starter for Helena was right-hander Barrett Astin, Milwaukee's third-round Draft pick this year out of Arkansas. In 2010, Nelson was the Brewers' second-round pick out of Alabama. Helena lost Tuesday's game, 6-0.

Nelson remembers feeling gassed by the time that season came to an end.

"I essentially played from February to the end of September," he said. "That's a long time. But going into a full season after that, whether it's Low A or High A, it makes it easier. I went to [Class A] Wisconsin after that, and I had no problem getting through a full season. … It's kind of like a 'throw you in the deep end' type of thing. You learn how to swim quick. It's a good experience."

Adam McCalvy is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Brew Beat, and follow him on Twitter at @AdamMcCalvy. Kevin Massoth is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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