Right-hander Jimmy Nelson is baseball's 83rd-best prospect and the only Brewers player to crack MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects list, which was unveiled Thursday in an MLB Network special.

It's the second straight year that the Brewers have had one representative in MLB.com's Top 100. Last year, Wily Peralta was 64th on the list before spending the entire season in Milwaukee's Major League rotation.

The annual ranking of baseball's biggest and brightest young talent is assembled by MLBPipeline.com Draft and prospect experts Jonathan Mayo and Jim Callis, who compile input from industry sources, including scouts and scouting directors. It is based on analysis of players' skill sets, upsides, proximity to the Majors and potential immediate impact to their teams. The list, which is one of several prospect rankings on MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Watch, only includes players with rookie status in 2014.

A 6-foot-5 right-hander who will turn 25 in June, Nelson would happily follow in Peralta's footsteps.

Nelson has been considered a top Brewers prospect since the team made him a second-round Draft pick in 2010 out of the University of Alabama. Nelson's most recent season may have been his finest; he was 10-10 with a 3.25 ERA in 27 starts between Double-A Huntsville and Triple-A Nashville before a promotion to the Majors, where he posted a 0.90 ERA in three scoreless relief appearances and one respectable start.

That debut start came Sept. 28 against the Mets at Citi Field, and while Nelson settled for a no-decision in a 10-inning Brewers victory, his five-inning, one-hit, one-run performance offered optimism.

"It wasn't pretty," said Nelson, who walked three batters in the game and battled bouts of extreme wildness he attributed to slick baseballs, "but I tried to do my best to keep us in there and give us a chance to win, and we did that. We ended up scrapping it out in the end."

Did Nelson look ready for the big leagues?