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