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.
Began the season at Triple-A Las Vegas and was batting .317 with 27 home runs and 102 RBI in 126 games when he was selected by Oakland on Aug. 29…hit .250 with no home runs and seven RBI in 25 games with the A's in his Major League debut…batted .120 with two RBI over his first 11 games, .355 with five RBI over his final 14 contests…hit .304 (7-for-23) against right-handed pitchers compared to .212 (7-for-33) against left-handers…batted .200 with the bases empty, .333 with runners on…had a .333 average in 17 night games, .100 in eight day games…started 13 games at second base and two at third base…did not commit an error in 20 games as a second baseman but had one in five games at third (.938 fielding percentage)…was 0-for-3 with a walk as a pinch hitter…made nine starts batting eighth, six in the nine spot and one hitting seventh… made his big league debut Aug. 30 at New York (AL) with a start at designated hitter…drew a
walk in his first plate appearance and went 0-for-3…started his career 0-for-9 before delivering a two-run double off Ryan Dull in the seventh inning on Sept. 1 at New York (AL) for his first ML hit and RBI…entered the game at second base in the resumption of the suspended game on Sept. 8 against Detroit and went 0-for-1…although the stats show up for the original May 19 date, Aug. 30 remains his debut…then had a career-high four hits Sept. 20 at Texas and added a career-high three RBI…was on the roster for the Wild Card game but did not play…was rated as the A's number seven prospect by Baseball America following the season.
LAS VEGAS: Led the Pacific Coast League and tied for ninth in minor league baseball with 158 hits…also ranked fourth in the PCL in total bases (274), fifth in RBI (102) and runs (99), ninth in batting (.317) and tied for ninth in doubles (31)…had career highs in runs, hits, doubles, home runs (27), RBI, walks (56), extra base hits (60), on-base percentage (.389), slugging percentage (.550) and OPS (.939)…led the A's farm system in hits, ranked second in runs, RBI and total bases, third in doubles and home runs, fourth in extra base hits, batting (.317) and OPS, fifth in onbase percentage and slugging percentage and seventh in walks…was batting .252 with five home runs, 20 RBI and a .752 OPS over his first 40 games through May 21…then hit .353 with 21 home runs, 76 RBI and a 1.040 OPS over his final 80 contests…batted .391 (52-for-133) with nine home runs and a 1.148 OPS against left-handed pitchers compared to .290 (106-for-365) with 18 home runs and an .863 OPS against right-handers…his career minor league splits are .342 with a .994 OPS against lefties, .277 with a .749 OPS against righties…hit .247 with the bases empty, .386 with 14 of his 27 home runs with runners on base…had a .342 batting average with runners in scoring position and is a .318 career hitter with RISP…hit .327 at home and .326 at night…started 92 games at third base, 16 at second base, eight at shortstop, five at designated hitter and three in left field…committed 10 errors as a third baseman for a .965 fielding percentage…also had three errors as a shortstop and one as a second baseman…was 1-for-2 (.500) with a home run and
a RBI as a pinch hitter…hit in every spot in the order except first, eighth and ninth…saw his most action with 45 games batting fifth and 42 in the six spot…went 0-for-5 with a career-high tying four strikeouts April 7 at El Paso…stole two bases in a game for the first time in his career on April 16 at Sacramento…had a season-high three RBI in back-to-back games on April 24 and 25 against El Paso…was hitting .308 over his first 19 games through April 25…then went 14-for-73 (.192) over his next 21 contests through May 21…finished April with a .276 batting average, which was his lowest single-month mark of 2019…went 15-for-40 (.375) with 10 runs scored and 12 RBI during a 10-game hitting streak from May 22 to 31…walked three times June 7 against San Antonio, the first three-walk game of his career…went 23-for-33 (.697) with two four-hit games, four three-hit games and a two-hit game over an eight-game stretch from June 13 to 21…the four hit
games on June 18 at Memphis and June 21 against Sacramento were the third and fourth of his minor league career…batted .384 with 26 runs scored, nine doubles, six home runs, 22 RBI and 16 walks in 25 games in June…had a .466 on-base percentage and .657 slugging percentage for a 1.120 OPS…then hit .345 with six home runs and 26 RBI in 26 games in July…had a season-high 14-game hitting streak from July 23 to Aug. 7 (25-for-57, .439)…that lifted his overall batting average to .330, which was his highest mark outside the first three games of the season…had his third hitting streak of 10 or more games when he went 15-for-41 (.366) with five home runs and 13 RBI over a 10-game stretch from Aug. 13 to 23…homered in three straight games from Aug. 20 to 22 and slugged eight home runs in 25 games in August.
Made his Triple-A debut in 2018 and spent the entire season at Nashville…batted .263 with five home runs and 55 RBI in 135 games…had career highs in games, at bats (499) and strikeouts (172) and matched his best in doubles (26) and triples (3)…had a .304 on-base percentage, which was the lowest of his three professional seasons…tied for the Pacific Coast League lead in games played, ranked second in strikeouts and fourth in at bats…was batting .224 with three home runs, 26 RBI and a .588 OPS in 84 games at the All-Star Break…then hit .321 with two home runs, 29 RBI and a .774 OPS in 49 games after the break…batted .311 (38-for-122) against lefthanded pitchers compared to .247 (93-for-377) against right-handers…hit three of his five home runs against lefties…had a .861 OPS against lefties, .595 against righties…slugged four of his five home runs at home…four were solo shots…his average improved to .276 with runners in scoring position…batted .281 at night, .169 during the day…appeared in 130 games at third base and one each at second base and shortstop…made 24 errors as a third baseman for a .935 fielding percentage…also committed one error at shortstop…went 0-for-1 as a pinch hitter and was 4-for15 (.267) in four games at designated hitter…hit in every spot in the order except second…batted sixth 56 times and hit .306 in 21 games batting seventh…was rated as the A's 10th best prospect by Baseball America following the season.
NASHVILLE: Went 3-for-7 (.429) over his first two games but then had a 4-for-48 (.083) stretch from April 7 to 22, giving him a .127 batting average and one RBI over his first 17 games…struck out a season-high four times April 12 against Iowa (also May 14 at Memphis)…had a streak of 28 consecutive games with at least one strikeout from April 26 to May 27 (48 strikeouts total)… finished April with a .141 batting average in 22 games…then hit .218 in 28 games in May…was hitting .192 with no home runs and 17 RBI over his first 61 games through June 13…then batted .315 with five home runs and 38 RBI over his final 74 contests…had five straight multiple hit games from June 14 to 18 (10-for-23, .435)…snapped a season-opening 66-game, 241-at bat homerless streak June 21 against Round Rock…that started a nine-game hitting streak that ran through July 1 (12-for-34, .353)…hit .306 in 25 games in June and then batted .306 in 29 games in July…hit safely in 21 of 22 games from July 16 to Aug. 10…went 35-for-92 (.380) with 21 RBI over that stretch to lift his batting average from .229 to .263…had a season-high 15-game hitting streak from July 16 to 30 (22-for-58, .379)…drove in a season-high four runs July 22 against Oklahoma City…went 4-for-6 with three runs scored and a pair of doubles Aug. 9 at Colorado Springs…the hits were a season high and the runs and doubles matched his best…hit safely in 10 consecutive games from Aug. 14 to 24 (14-for-39, .359).
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.