New team. New league. Same bulldog attitude.

To the surprise of no one in the Indians organization, no matter where reliever Kyle Nelson goes, success follows.

That’s the way Nelson’s minor league career has gone to this point as the 15th-round pick in the 2017 MLB Draft has shot through the lower levels in a meteoric clip.

Ranked as the best left-handed reliever in the Indians minor league system by Baseball America, Nelson also has the “Best Slider,” according to the publication.

He may have the best numbers as well.

“It’s just being aggressive,” Nelson said. “I try my best to stay in the strike zone and not give hitters too much credit. That’s what I’ve been doing since I started playing. It’s understanding that Double A is the biggest jump. It’s knowing hitters are going to have a better approach.

“You don’t necessarily have to change what you’re doing, but hitters aren’t going to bail you out. That’s the biggest key. You have to be more refined with your stuff, but not to the point where you’re nibbling and getting behind in counts.”

Nelson started the season at Lynchburg and appeared in eight games before coming to Akron on May 3.

Absolutely nothing has changed with the RubberDucks.

If not for a home run by Austin Listi on Tuesday, Nelson would still be navigating his way through the Eastern League without allowing an earned run.

This season, he has only allowed two runs in 13 2/3 innings and has three saves in three save opportunities. He’s 1-0 with the Ducks with a 0.66 ERA and 23 strikeouts and is 2-0 with a 0.39 ERA and 40 punchouts between Lynchburg and Akron combined.

“Some players adjust to the level wherever they go,” RubberDucks manager Rouglas Odor said. “He’s one of them. He went from Lake County to Lynchburg and did the same thing. Now, he’s coming from Lynchburg to here and doing the same thing.

"He sticks with his strength and sticks with the conviction that it will work. If you keep the ball down and stay in the zone, you’ll find success and that’s what he’s doing.”

That’s been the norm for Nelson since he came to the Indians from UC Santa Barbara.

He’s 11-3 with a 1.57 ERA in 73 appearances over his minor league career and has converted 16 saves in 21 opportunities.

Over the course of 97 2/3 innings, Nelson has struck out 147 and walked just 20. He doesn’t give up the long ball either as Listi’s shot to center field was just the fourth he’s given up since being drafted.

“As players, you have to focus on yourself and what you can control and that’s being aggressive on the field and throwing strikes and preparing yourself every day,” Nelson said. “I just try to stay in the present.”

That has been a big part of Nelson’s success as he doesn’t get too far ahead of himself.

He knows as long as his 92 mph fastball is popping and his two variations of a slider are moving, the Indians will take notice.

“Every single game is different,” Odor said. “Every game is different. You have to turn the page. It’s over. You can’t live in the past. You have to continue to work and put yourself in good position to do well. Yesterday, last month, last season is over. You have to continue to work, and when success continues to repeat, that’s when you get consistent and that’s what we want here.”