Michael David Neu is single and was scouted and signed by Mike Mangan (Reds).
Graduated from Vintage (Calif.) High School in 1996 ... he set a conference record with 21 career
victories ... also set the conference career strikeout record.
Attended Sacramento City Community College ... attended the University of Miami, where he earned three
saves in the 1999 College World Series.
2004After being called up on June 10, he appeared in one game and gave up two runs in four innings ... Optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on June 17.2003
Was a Rule 5 selection from the Cincinnati organization and spent the entire season with Oakland, posting a
3.64 ERA in 32 relief appearances (42.0 innings)... recorded one save and allowed a .261 opponents batting
average... was the first Rule 5 selection to make the A's opening day roster since Chris Eddy in 1995 and was
the first to spend the entire season with the A's since Carlos Reyes in 1994.
Made his Major League debut on April 9 at Texas when he entered the game in the ninth inning with a 13-5
A's lead and retired the side in order...struck out the first batter he faced, Doug Glanville.
Retired the sides in order in four of his first five outings...did not allow a run in nine of his 11 outings in April and May for a 0.60 ERA (1 ER in 15.0 IP)
Did not allow an earned run in seven May outings, covering 11.0 IP...then allowed at least one run in each
of his first three games in June, including a career high four runs in 1.2 innings on July 2 vs. Seattle...allowed
at least one run in six of his final nine games before the All-Star Break, posting an 8.03 ERA over that span
(11 ER in 12.1 IP).
Did not allow a run in 10 of his 12 outings after the All-Star Break, a 3.07 ERA (5 ER in 14.2 IP)...did not
allow a run in his first six outings after the Break, covering 6.2 innings.
Recorded his first Major League save on August 24 at Toronto when he tossed a career-high 3.0 scoreless
innings, allowing one hit and one walk in the A's 17-2 victory.
Appeared in five of the A's final 33 games, beginning on August 24 and posted a 2.57 ERA over that span,
allowing two ER in 7.0 innings.
Had a career high three strikeouts on May 10 against New York and May 30 at Kansas City... walked a career
high four in 2.1 innings on August 20 at Boston
Held left handers to a .214 batting average while right handers hit .295... allowed two home runs to righties,
an average of 0.43 home runs per nine innings (10th-lowest among AL relievers)...averaged 4.29 walks per
nine innings (5th-highest among AL relievers) and his 0.77 SO to BB ratio was the lowest among Major
League relievers...first batters hit .269 (7x26) and allowed 5 of 16 (31.3%) inherited runners to score... tossed
more than one inning 12 times and fewer than one inning just twice.
Entered the game with a lead in just six of his 32 outings and had a lead of at least seven runs in all six of
Combined for a 3-3 record, a 2.94 ERA and 23 saves in 61 relief appearances for AA Chattanooga and AAA
Louisville in 2002, allowing 22 ER in 67.1 innings... began the season at AA Chattanooga after three straight
seasons at Class A and finished the year at AAA... the 61 games pitched tied for 10th most in all of minor
league baseball... ranked second in the Cincinnati organization in saves... combined for 85 strikeouts in 67.1
innings, an average of 11.36 per nine innings... had a mark of 10.49 strikeouts per nine innings at Louisville,
third-best among International League relievers... opponents combined for a .226 batting average, including
.165 vs. left-handers and .261 vs. right-handers... was 1-0 with seven saves and a 1.33 ERA in 21 relief
appearances with Chattanooga... held the opposition to a .218 batting average, including 0x14 with runners
in scoring position and two outs... did not allow a home run in 27.0 innings... transferred to Louisville on May
24 and was 2-3 with a team-leading 16 saves and a 4.02 ERA in 40 relief appearances with the Bats... allowed
a .232 batting average (.122 vs. LHH and .284 vs. RHH)... did not allow a run in 13 consecutive
outings from April 17 to May 15, covering 19.1 innings... all seven of his AA saves came over his final seven
outings from May 10 to 22...added two saves in his first three games at Louisville and finished May with nine
saves and a 1.26 ERA in 12 games... tied for fifth in all of minor league baseball in saves in May... added
seven saves in June and then had six saves and a 1.50 ERA in 12 outings in July.
Spent his third consecutive season at the Class A level in 2001, playing for his third team, Mudville of the
California League... went 3-2 with a 2.37 ERA and 21 saves in 53 games... finished tied for the lead in the
Reds system in saves for the second consecutive season... led the Carolina League and ranked third among
all minor league relievers with an average of 14.20 strikeouts per nine innings, collecting a career-high 102
strikeouts in 64.2 innings... ranked third in the league in saves and relief points (65)... led Mudville in games
pitched (53) and saves and finished fourth in strikeouts... held the opposition to a .209 batting average (.149
vs. LHH and .233 vs. RHH)... compiled a 1.00 ERA in seven outings in April and a 1.80 ERA and six saves
in 13 July outings... did not allow an earned run over an 11 game stretch from April 17 to May 19, as he
allowed one unearned run in 14.0 innings... had a nine game scoreless stretch from May 28-June 23,
covering 11.0 innings. with 18 strikeouts... fanned a season-high seven in a season-high 4.0 innings on June 25 vs. Modesto... had a save in his only playoff appearance for Mudville, striking out the side in 1.0 inning.
Recorded a career-high 24 saves with a 7-7 record and a 3.13 ERA in 58 relief appearances for Class A
Clinton in 2000... the 24 saves tied for the most in the Reds farm system and tied for fourth in the
Midwest League... also had career highs in wins, losses and innings pitched (69.0)... led Midwest League
relievers and tied for sixth among all minor league relievers with an average of 12.39 strikeouts per nine
innings... also ranked fourth in the league in relief points (72) and tied for fifth in games pitched... led the
Lumber Kings in games and saves... allowed a .191 opponents batting average (.109 vs. LHH and .248 vs.
RHH)... was selected to play in the Midwest League All-Star Game, tossing 0.2 scoreless innings in relief...
struck out a season-high seven in 3.0 innings on June 5 at Quad City... did not allow a run in his final eight
outings, fanning 20 in 12.1 innings... recorded the save in his only postseason appearance, allowing one run
with two strikeouts in 1.0 inning.
Began his professional career at Class A Rockford in the Midwest League in 1999... made nine relief
appearances and was 0-1 with one save and a 4.50 ERA... allowed a .246 opponents batting average,
including .111 (1x9) with runners in scoring position and two outs... made one postseason appearance,
allowing two runs on one hit and one walk while striking out one in 0.2 innings.