Sheldon Neuse
23-Year-Old Third Baseman3B
Oakland Athletics AAA
2018 Fantasy Outlook
From a real-life standpoint, Jesus Luzardo may have been the top prospect the A's received from Washington in last summer's multi-reliever deal, but for our purposes, Neuse is the most intriguing. He is built like a tank and has raked at every level above rookie ball -- reaching Double-A last year after less than 100 combined games at Low-A and High-A. The sky-high batting averages on balls in play at High-A and Double-A (.490 and .532, respectively) make it difficult to read much into his gaudy numbers. However, he continued to make consistent, loud contact in the Arizona Fall League (.935 OPS), so it seems pretty clear at this point that Neuse can hit, and hit for power. At least 34 percent of his hits as a pro have gone to the opposite field, which bodes well for his ability to hit for a relatively high average. His strikeout rates have been high, but not unreasonable given his plus power and aggressive promotions. Defensively, he can handle third base but may profile at DH for the A's in late 2018 or early 2019. Read Past Outlooks
Badly scuffling against Triple-A arms
3BOakland Athletics  AAA
June 5, 2018
Neuse is slashing just .179/.244/.229 with nine doubles, no home runs and 14 RBI across 198 plate appearances with Triple-A Nashville.
ANALYSIS
To say it would have been difficult to see this coming with Neuse would be a considerable understatement. The 23-year-old had enjoyed a meteoric rise in 2017, logging time at three different levels of the minors and decimating pitching at both the High-A and Double-A levels within the Athletics organization. Neuse then followed up his promising season by slashing .310/.375/.621 over 28 spring training games earlier in 2018, a line partly comprised of five home runs and 15 RBI. However, Neuse's strikeout rate has ballooned from a Double-A figure of 28.0 percent to a career-worst 37.9 percent, after progressively rising by more modest increments in each of his prior minor-league stops.
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Hot start at Triple-A
3BOakland Athletics  AAA
April 7, 2018
Neuse is 3-for-7 with two walks and two strikeouts through two games with Triple-A Nashville.
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Knocking cover off ball all spring
3BOakland Athletics  AAA
March 19, 2018
Neuse went 2-for-3 with five RBI from a three-run home run and a two-run single while also drawing a walk and scoring once in Sunday's 14-0 Cactus League win over the White Sox.
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Impressing in big-league camp
3BOakland Athletics  AAA
February 28, 2018
Neuse has impressed the Oakland field staff so far this spring, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic reports.
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To attend big-league camp
3BOakland Athletics  AAA
February 8, 2018
Neuse has been granted a non-roster invitation to the Athletics' spring training, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
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Shipped to Oakland in five-player deal
3BOakland Athletics  AAA
July 16, 2017
Neuse was traded Sunday from the Nationals to the Athletics along with reliever Blake Treinen and prospect Jesus Luzardo in exchange for relievers Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports.
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