2016 Draft Profile: Sheldon Neuse

School: University of Oklahoma; Class: Junior

Position: SS/RHP; B/T: R/R

Height: 6-0; Weight: 195

Previously Drafted: Texas Rangers, 38th round, 2013

 

Background: Arguably the top offensive performer among all collegiate shortstops this season, Neuse rebounded from a bit of down season to put together a season for the ages in 2016: through his first 47 games with the Sooners, the 6-foot, 195-pound infielder/reliever is bashing to the tune of .376/.466/.694 with 14 doubles, five triples, and 10 homeruns while going 11-for-13 in the stolen base department.

Of course, this comes on the heels of his .275/.342/.424 showing during his sophomore season and another disappointing line in the Cape Cod Summer League (.221/.283/.375).

On the mound, the part-time reliever has tallied 38.1 innings in his career, fanning 36 and walking 11 to go along with a 1.66 ERA.

 

Projection: Context, obviously:

  • There have been three Division I players to hit .370/.460/.680 with strikeout and walk rates north of 15%: A.J. Miller, Adam Walker, and Jeff Boehm.

Obviously, Walker, the Twins’ 2012 third round pick, is the best comparison, though he’s proven to be nothing more than a one-dimensional MiLB slugger.

If Neuse can stick at shortstop he has slightly higher upside.

On the mound, he might have the ceiling as a middle relief arm.

 

Ceiling:   1.0- to 1.5-win player

Floor:  0.5-win player

Risk:  Moderate to High

Grade: Third Round

 

 



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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.