Matheu Nelson’s honors in 2021 added up and were recognized by the Cincinnati Reds, who selected the Florida State catcher in the Competitive Balance Round A (35th overall) of the 2021 MLB draft on Sunday night.
Nelson’s slot value is $2.1 million, as projected by MLB.com.
“Couldn’t be happier! Thankful for this opportunity! Go Reds!” Nelson posted on Twitter.
The redshirt sophomore hit .330 with a .436 on-base percentage, 23 home runs and 66 RBI. He was one of the most decorated college players in 2021, regardless of position.
Nelson’s list of awards include the Buster Posey Award and Johnny Bench Award, presented to the nation’s top collegiate catchers. Among his many honors, Nelson has been named ACC player of the year and Perfect Game’s player of the year. He is the highest-drafted Seminole since DJ Stewart went 25th overall to the Orioles in 2015.
After FSU’s loss in the Oxford (Miss.) Regional, Nelson reflected on his college career.
“I knew from the moment I stepped on that campus, I loved that place (Florida State),” Nelson said. “For all the guys that came through that program, the fans, Section B, all of our coaches, training staff. I can’t be more grateful for them, they’re awesome people. It’s easily the best fan base in college baseball, those guys are with you all the time. I’ve never been more proud to wear this FS and this garnet and gold. It’s been the three best years of my life. I’ve learned a lot, thank you for everything.”
Louisville catcher Henry Davis was the No. 1 overall pick by the Pittsburgh Pirates. Vanderbilt pitcher Jack Leiter was taken at No. 2 by the Texas Rangers. Among the other ACC picks were Boston College’s Sam Frelick, who was picked at No. 15 by the Milwaukee Brewers, while the Atlanta Braves selected Wake Forest right-hander Ryan Cusick.
The full first round draft list can be viewed here. Rounds 2-10 of the MLB Draft continue Monday at 1 p.m.
Buster Posey Award
Johnny Bench Award
Perfect Game player of the year
ACC Player of the Year and First Team All-ACC
NCBWA District Player of the Year and First Team All-American
Baseball America & Collegiate Baseball First Team All-American
D1baseball.com First Team All-American
ABCA/Rawlings First Team All-Region
Finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy (best all-around player)
Semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award (best all-around player)
No. 54 in MLB Pipeline’s Top 250 Draft Prospects