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Neil Signs with Tigers

Charlie Neil. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)
Charlie Neil. (photo by Sam Rubin '95, Yale Sports Publicity)

Bulldogs' Senior Outfielder Chosen by Detroit in 37th Round of MLB Draft


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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Charlie Neil (Dallas, Texas), who graduated from Yale last month after finishing up his four-year career with the baseball team, signed with the Detroit Tigers Friday, a little more than a week after he was selected in the 37th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft.

It is expected that the Tigers will assign Neil to the New York-Penn League's Connecticut Tigers, Detroit's affiliate in Norwich, Conn.

Neil, a four-year starter for the Bulldogs and a four-year letter winner in both baseball and soccer, was the 1,144th overall selection. He is the 34th player to move on to the professional ranks during Coach Stuper's tenure as Yale's head coach. The selection of Neil, Ludwig and Becker in the 2012 draft represents the eighth straight year in which a Yale player was selected in the draft.

Neil is one of three Yale players from the 2012 roster who will begin their professional baseball careers this summer. Senior pitcher Pat Ludwig (Okemos, Mich.) signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates after he was selected in the 10th round of the draft, while junior pitcher Nolan Becker (New York, N.Y.) signed with the Cincinnati Reds following his selection in the 11th round.

 "I'm not surprised Charlie was selected," said Yale head coach John Stuper. "This is a guy who played two sports at Yale, and in my view, hurt his baseball development because of it. He's 6-foot-5 and 195 pounds, and he could easily be 225 pounds. Now that he'll be able to concentrate solely on baseball, you may see him really blossom."

In his four years with the Bulldogs, Neil made a total of 155 appearances with 144 starts for the baseball team, including 45 appearances, all starts, in his senior season. He finished his Yale career with a .256 batting average over four seasons with six HR, 67 RBIs, and 26 doubles and five triple among his 127 career hits. Neil was All-Ivy League Second-Team honoree as a sophomore, a season in which he averaged .343 with four home runs and 20 RBIs.

Report filed by Jon Erickson Jr., Yale Sports Publicity