I'm officially apart of the Cincinnati @Reds family. #Excited #BlessedOutfielder Thomas Neal is the newest member of the Reds organization. How do we know? Well, because the 26-year-old announced the news via Twitter Monday evening.
— Thomas Neal (@TdaddyNeal) January 13, 2014
The California native spent last season in both the Cubs and Yankees organizations, where he batted .325/.391/.411 in 297 plate appearances in Triple-A.
Originally chosen by the Giants in the 36th round of the 2005 draft, Neal has spent the majority of the past three years at the Triple-A level, but has also seen brief major league action, too.
In nearly 3,000 career plate appearances in the minors, Neal boasts a respectable .301/.377/.459 line while playing primarily at the corner outfield spots, defensively.
Is Neal likely to see action with the big club in 2014? Probably not. But adding a guy who sports a .300 batting average (spread over a large sample size) at the high minor league level is never a bad risk. Keep an eye on Neal this summer as he sets up shop at Triple-A Louisville (presumably).