Troy Neel was drafted in 1986 out of Texas A&M University in the 9th round by the Cleveland Indians.
In the Indians organization he hit really well, showing good on base skills and a little pop. He had a breakout in 1989, hitting 21 HR with a .889 OPS in AA. His power dropped off a little in AAA the next season, and he would be traded to the A’s for infielder Larry Arndt.
He would regain his power in AAA with the Athletics, get called up to the big league club in 1992, and spend ’93 and ’94 on 25 man roster. In the majors he was a good hitter, but probably did not have enough power to play first or DH, and middling for left field. He was a classic tweener who I think would have been better suited on a National League team. He was a good hitter, and really did deserve a longer stint in the majors.
In 1995 he would begin a 6 year run in Japan, and would lead the league in home runs in 1996.
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