Troy Lee Neel
- Bats Left, Throws Right
- Height 6' 4", Weight 210 lb.
- School Howard College, Texas A&M University
- High School Brazoswood High School
- Debut May 30, 1992
- Final Game August 11, 1994
- Born September 14, 1965 in Freeport, TX USA
Troy Neel played three years in the majors leagues, all for the Oakland Athletics from 1929 to 1994 but gained his most fame in baseball as a star in Japan. Prior to his major league days, he was in the minors from 1986-1992, and then after the majors he came back in 1998 for 14 more games in the minors.
Although he sometimes showed good power in the minors, he didn't hit .300 until 1992, when he posted impressive numbers of .351/.439/.586 with the Tacoma Tigers. It got him 24 games in the big leagues with the Athletics, where he hit .264 with a .491 slugging percentage.
That earned him a starting position in 1993 with the A's, and he hit .290 with 19 home runs. He was seventh in the Rookie of the Year voting. In 1994, he hit 15 home runs in 83 games, with a .266 batting average.
Starting in 1995, he played several years for the Orix Blue Wave in Japan, leading the Pacific League in homers and RBI in 1996. He led the league in 1997 in strikeouts. Released after the 1997 season, Orix signed him again in 1998 when they struggled early in the season. Late that year, he came back to America for 14 AAA games, hitting .244, but getting lots of walks and slugging .600 with the Vancouver Canadians of the Pacific Coast League.
In 1999, he was back in Japan, but missed about half of the games due to injury.
The Texas Attorney General site shows him as wanted for not paying over $500,000 in child support. See Troy Neel