Akron OF Thomas Neal Named Minor League Player of the Week

CLEVELAND, OH-The Cleveland Indians today announced Akron OF THOMAS NEAL has been named the Indians Minor League Player of the Week, June 25-July 1. The Indians Player of the Week award recognizes an individual performance from within the Indians Player Development System and is announced each Tuesday through the end of the Minor League season. All players from the Tribe's minor league affiliates are eligible for the weekly award.

Neal, 24, hit .500 (14-28) with a 6 2B, 3 HR, 10 RBI throughout the week, while posting a 1.598 OPS (.562 on-base pct, 1.036 slugging pct.).  He recorded five consecutive multi-hit games from June 25-June 29, including a 3-for-4 effort with a 2B, HR and 3 RBI on June 25 at Altoona. He raised his batting average over 30 points from .273 to the current .307 mark over the span of the week. For the 2012 season, he is batting .307 (69-225) with 42 runs scored, 16 doubles, 6 homers and 30 RBI while posting an .845 OPS (.378 on-base pct., .467 slugging pct.).

The Inglewood, CA native was acquired July 30, 2011 from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for IF Orlando Cabrera.  Neal was originally selected by the Giants in the 37th round of the 2005 June Draft and signed as a draft and follow prior to the 2006 draft after attending Riverside (CA) Junior College.  He entered the 2011 season as the 7th-best prospect, according to Baseball America, in the Giants organization. In 2010, was selected to the Eastern League’s Northern Division All-Star team.  He ranked 3rd in the Eastern League in doubles (40) and 5th in hits (153).

In addition to being the Indians Minor League Player of the Week, he was named the Eastern League Player of the Week for the same time period.