The Cubs claimed Thomas Neal, a 25-year old outfielder from the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate on Monday. Neal has appeared in 72 games for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders this season.
While mostly playing leftfield, Neal hit .325 and reached base at a .391 clip in Scranton this season. The Inglewood, Calif. native also has 17 doubles and 2 HR thus far in 2013.
Neal was drafted in the 36th round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the San Francisco Giants. He also spent time in the Cleveland Indians organization before his time with the Yankees.
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Neal was designated for assignment this past weekend. To make room for Neal on the 40-man roster, the Cubs transferred RHP Rafael Dolis to the 60-day DL.