Thomas Neal

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Not to be confused with Thomas Neale.
Thomas Neal
Free agent
Born: (1987-08-17) August 17, 1987 (age 27)
Inglewood, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 2, 2012 for the Cleveland Indians
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Batting average .184
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 2

Thomas Neal (born August 17, 1987) is an American professional baseball outfielder who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cleveland Indians, New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs.


Neal attended Poway High School in Poway, California, and Riverside Community College. The San Francisco Giants selected him in the 36th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft.

On April 28, 2009, while playing for the San Jose Giants of the California League, Neal hit for the cycle in a 17–7 victory over the Lancaster JetHawks.[1]

Neal was traded to the Cleveland Indians on July 30, 2011 in exchange for Orlando Cabrera.[2] He was optioned to the Triple-A Columbus Clippers.

Neal was designated for assignment on April 4, 2012, but was added to the Indians major league roster as a September call-up on September 1, 2012.[3]

Neal was designated for assignment by the Indians on January 3, 2013 to make room for Nick Swisher on their roster.[4] He was released by the Indians on January 12, 2013.[5] The New York Yankees signed him to a minor-league contract later that month.[6] The Yankees promoted Neal to the major leagues on June 14.[7] He was sent back down to Triple-A on June 22. He was recalled again on July 20, sent back down on July 26, and designated for assignment August 2.[8]

Neal was claimed off waivers by the Chicago Cubs on August 5, 2013. He was outrighted off the roster on October 9, 2013. He signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds in January 2014.


  1. ^ Torenli, John (2009-04-29). "Neal cycles in San Jose rout". (Major League Baseball Advanced Media). Retrieved 2011-03-14. 
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  3. ^ Bastian, Jordan (September 1, 2012). "Indians ready for influx of fresh faces". (Major League Baseball Advanced Media). Retrieved September 1, 2012. 
  4. ^ Lastoria, Tony (January 3, 2013). "Indians officially sign Swisher, designate Neal". Indians Baseball Insider. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  5. ^ Ocker, Sheldon (January 12, 2013). "Tribe releases Neal". Akron Beacon Journal. Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
  6. ^ Marchand, Andrew (January 31, 2013). "Heathcott, Sanchez & Austin in MLB camp". Retrieved March 22, 2013. 
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