Sheldon Lynn Neuse was originally signed by Nationals scout Ed Gustafson…attended the University of Oklahoma…was one of the top offensive players in the Big 12 during his three seasons, earning three consecutive unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selections…was one of just 10 players in Big 12 history to be named first-team All-Big 12 three times and just the second player to be unanimously selected three times…was named a Louisville Slugger second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball in 2016...won the Brooks Wallace Award, given to the top shortstop in college baseball…was the 2014 Big 12 Freshman of the Year…on the mound, he went 6-2 with seven saves and a 1.60 ERA in 29 career appearances out of the bullpen.
Played for three different teams in two organizations and combined to hit .321 with 16 home runs and 79 RBI in 117 games…added 26 doubles and three triples for a .502 slugging percentage…his 40 walks fueled a .381 on-base percentage…was 14-for-19 (73.7%) in stolen base attempts…his batting average included a mark of .336 (38-for-113) against left-handed pitchers compared to .316 (104-for-329) against right-handers…hit seven of his 16 home runs off lefties for a .628 slugging percentage (slugged .459 against righties)…had a 1.045 OPS against lefties, .828 against righties…had a .350 batting average and 11 of his 16 home runs with runners on base compared to a .284 with the bases empty…hit .365 with runners in scoring position…batted .327 when leading off an inning…hit .356 in the eighth inning and .387 in the ninth inning…appeared in 61 games at third base, 51 at shortstop and one at first base…committed four errors as a third baseman (.977 fielding percentage) and 10 as a shortstop (.953 fielding percentage)…also hit .200 in four games as the designated hitter and was 0-for-1 with a strikeout as a pinch hitter… hit in every spot in the order from third through eighth and saw his most action with 65 games hitting cleanup…batted .418 with five home runs in 14 games while hitting fifth…hit .314 with five home runs and 23 RBI in 22 games for Mesa in the Arizona Fall League following the season and was named to the AFL All-Prospect Team…led the AFL in RBI, tied for the lead in doubles (7) and extra base hits (12), ranked second in runs scored (20) and total bases (49), third in slugging (.570) tied for third in home runs and sixth in batting…also played in the AFL Rising Stars Game.
MINORS: Started the season at Single-A Hagerstown and batted .291 with nine home runs and 51 RBI in 77 games…was named to the South Atlantic League Midseason All-Star team…went 0-for-7 over his first two games, one of only three times he went back-to-back games without a hit…had a grand slam and a season-high five RBI in the second game of an April 8 doubleheader against Asheville…had an 18-game road hitting streak from April 14 to May 24 (28-for-76, .368), which tied for third longest in the SAL…was batting .289 with five home runs and 27 RBI in 46 games when he was placed on the disabled list May 29 with tendinitis in his left finger…finished May with a .322 batting average…was reinstated from the DL June 6 and hit .295 with four home runs and 24 RBI over his final 31 games with the Suns…was 0-for-4 with a season-high four strikeouts June 11 against Lakewood…went 3-for-4 with a double and two triples June 19 against Lakewood…played for the North in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game June 20 at Columbia and struck out as a pinch hitter…remained in the game at third base…was tied for third in the SAL in RBI (51) at the time of his July 16 trade to the A's organization…was sent to Oakland with Blake Treinen and fellow minor leaguer Jesus Luzardo for Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson… was assigned to Single-A Stockton following the trade and hit .386 with seven home runs and 22 RBI in 22 games with the Ports…had the best batting average in the California League during his stay at Stockton (July 18 to Aug. 13)…also had the best on-base percentage (.457) and slugging percentage (.675), tied for the most home runs, ranked second in runs (21) and tied for second in RBI…had a season-best 11-game hitting streak from July 25 to Aug. 5 (19-for-42, .452)…hit .460 with all seven of his home runs and 18 of his 22 RBI with Stockton over a 13-game stretch from July 28 to Aug. 10…began the streak with his first two homer game of the season and his second five-RBI game July 28 at Modesto…collected a season-high four hits the next day against the Nuts…combined to hit .355 with Hagerstown and Stockton in July…connected for his second two-homer game of the season and drove in four runs Aug. 8 against San Jose…was promoted to Double-A Midland Aug. 14 and hit .373 in 18 games…the batting average was third best in the Texas League from Aug. 14 through the end of the season…batted .364 in 25 games in August with Stockton and the RockHounds…hit safely in all four of his games in September (9-for-18, .500)…then batted .342 (13-for-38) with three doubles, a triple, a home run, six RBI and five walks in 10 postseason games to help Midland to the Texas League Championship.
Made his professional debut with Auburn of the Short Season Single-A New York-Penn League and batted .230 with a home run and 11 RBI in 36 games…hit .286 against left-handed pitchers, .209 against right-handers…batted .219 when leading of an inning and .194 with runners in scoring position…his batting average improved each month as he hit .182 in nine games in June, .241 in 17 games in July and .257 in 10 games in August…appeared in 26 games at third base and six at shortstop…committed six errors as a third baseman (.929 fielding percentage) and two as a shortstop (.923)…also went 2-for-9 (.222) in three games as the designated hitter and was 0-for-1 with a strikeout as a pinch hitter…saw his most action with 25 games batting third…started at third base in his professional debut on June 21 against Mahoning Valley and went 1-for-3 with a walk, a triple and two RBI…logged a season-high three hits July 16 at West Virginia…hit his first home run Aug. 4 against State College…was rated as Washington's No. 17 prospect by Baseball America and number four by MLB.com following the season.