Cy Nielson
Left Hand Pitcher 13
210 lbs.
Spanish Fork, 
Last School
Spanish Fork HS
Roster Years


  • Parents are Damian and Kristal
  • Father played baseball at Snow College and Southern Utah

Before BYU

  • Selected in the 40th round of the MLB Draft by the Cleveland Indians
  • Ranked the top player in Utah, the 13th-best left-handed pitcher in the nation and the 143rd-best player overall nationally
  • 2019 Collegiate Baseball High School All-America Second Team
  • 2019 Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year (Utah)
  • Three-time All-State selection
  • 2018 Cincinnati Reds Area Code Games 
BYU Hall of Fame

Freshman Year 2021

  • West Coast Conference Commissioner’s Bronze Honor Roll for academic excellence
  • Appeared in 18 games
  • Started six games with an overall record of 3-3
  • Pitched 33.2 innings with an ERA of 7.75
  • Second on the team in wins (3), third in games started (6), fourth in win-loss percentage (.500)
Sophmore Year 2022

  • Appeared in 28 games out of the bullpen for BYU as a sophomore in 2022
  • Finished the year with a record of 3-0 and a 3.21 ERA
  • Struck out 45 batters over 33.2 innings and held opposing hitters to a .222 average
  • Named 2022 All-West Coast Conference Honorable Mention in 2022
  • Selected in the eighth round of the 2022 MLB Baseball Draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates as the 230th player taken
  • Became just the second Cougar to be selected by the Pirates. The other was former BYU player and head coach Vance Law, who was taken in the 1978 MLB Draft by Pittsburg and went on to play 11 MLB seasons. Nielson was previously selected in the 40th round by Cleveland in the 2019 MLB Draft. 
Junior Year

Senior Year

Graduate Year

Redshirt Year

Medical Redshirt Year

Freshman 2020

  • Made four starts, finishing with a 4.29 ERA and 0-3 record, throwing 21 innings with a team-high 27 strikeouts and six earned runs
  • Struck out six in 3.2 innings in his career debut vs. New Mexico (2/15)
  • Had a career-high nine strikeouts in seven innings at Oklahoma State (3/6)
  • The 2020 season was cut short after 16 games when the NCAA canceled baseball due to the Covid Pandemic

  • 2021 BSB-Utah Cy Nielson

    2021 BSB @ Utah Cy Nielson

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    Cy Nielson BYU 20-21 BSB vs Utah 0651

  • Cy Nielson vs OSU

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