Just days after being declared a minor league free agent, former Oakland A’s utility man Sheldon Neuse could have a new home.
According to Yahoo Japan, the Hanshin Tigers of Nippon Professional Baseball are closing in on a deal with Neuse. He is one of four formerly well regarded prospects that could be a part of the Tigers, joining Brian Keller, Jeremy Beasley, and Johan Mieses.
Sheldon Neuse could get chance to rebuild career with Hanshin Tigers
Neuse had been a solid prospect. A former second round pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, he was part of the return when Sean Doolittle was sent to the Nationals in 2017. His ability to make contact and defensive versaility made him an intriguing player to watch as he moved through the A’s system.
His success in the minors has not translated to the majors. Neuse has posted a .212/.262/.296 batting line in his 420 major league plate appearances, hitting seven homers and eight doubles. His ability to play anywhere in the infield and both corner outfield positions makes him someone that will get a look at the major league level, but he has not done anything with that opportunity over a longer term.
Neuse has displayed flashes of being a solid player. There have been times where he gets on a hot streak for a few games, showing that potential that made him an intriguing minor league option. He just has not been able to consistently tap into that ability.
It is possible that a stint in Japan can make a difference. Neuse will be 28 years old heading into next season, and if he can put together a strong showing with the Tigers, he could be in demand in the majors as a utility option. This is a perfect chance for Neuse to be able to rebuild his career.
Former Oakland A’s utility man Sheldon Neuse may already have a new home. According to reports, he is heading to Japan to resurrect his career.