Travis Neubeck isn’t a prospect that you’ve heard a lot about, but maybe it’s time you acquainted yourself.
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Travis Michael Neubeck is a 6’2″, 180 lb. righty-throwing lefty-batting pitcher from Hugo, Minnesota. He attended high school in nearby Maplewood, MN, and later played for the Air Force Academy for one season as a catcher.
In 2015, Neubeck attended junior college with Indian Hills CC in Centerville, Iowa, and in the seventh round of that seasons’ draft was chosen by the Miami Marlins. Taken 206th overall, 14 percent of players in the “206 Club” go on to reach the majors. The eight-member fraternity is led by Brad Radke (1991, Minnesota Twins, 45.4 career WAR), Caleb Joseph (2008, Baltimore Orioles, 4.5 WAR), and Craig Monroe (1995, Texas Rangers, 3.6 WAR).
After coming to terms with the Miami Marlins for a $205,400 bonus, Neubeck reported to the short-season-A Batavia Muckdogs, in the New York-Penn League. In 10 games, including three starts, he struck out 14 in 29 innings, and went 1-3 with a 4.03 ERA.
Neubeck’s modest showing in 2015 precipitated a second season with the Muckdogs in 2016. He whiffed 29 in 47 2/3 innings, with a 3.78 ERA and a 1.385 WHIP. Purely academically, Neubeck also committed the only balk of his professional career that season.
In 2017, Neubeck started the season at a new level, with the single-A Greensboro Grasshoppers in the South Atlantic League. In 19 days with the club, he posted a 12.86 ERA over three relief appearances, allowing 18 baserunners in seven innings. The Miami Marlins sent him back to the Muckdogs, where he posted a more palatable 5.40 ERA with 17 K’s in 25 innings of work.
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2018 would see Neubeck lose just over one month to injury. In his time on the active roster, it was partially with the Grasshoppers and the rest with the high-A Jupiter Hammerheads in the Florida State League.
Neubeck’s peripherals were the best marks of his career, with 39 whiffs in only 33 2/3 innings between the two levels (and one game with the GCL Marlins). He went 2-2 with a 2.14 ERA and a 1.129 WHIP. On June 13th, in a 7-5 win against the Hickory Crawdads, Neubeck pitched two hitless innings and struck out three to earn a save in a seven-inning contest. On August 27th, Neubeck struck out a pair in one perfect inning of a 6-0 loss against the Clearwater Threshers.
Neubeck is still rostered with the Hammerheads, and will likely open the 2018 campaign with the team. A few good months would see him graduate to the double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp in the Southern League.
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