Neuhaus was a second-round choice of the Brewers in 2013, and after missing most of the 2016 season with a broken finger, he is back with the Class A Timber Rattlers after being there for the 2015 season. Through 62 games Neuhaus is having the best power campaign of his career, with 19 doubles, nine home runs, and 32 RBIs, though he’s slashing just .232/.290/.443 with a 29% strikeout rate through 252 plate appearances.
Neuhaus has a tall athletic build with room to fill out. He has very little motion in his setup and load, and what follows is a smooth, compact stroke that covers the middle-in pitch more effectively than pitches away. Neuhaus generates power numbers from getting on plane early and finishing on a slightly upward path creating lift with backspin to drive the ball. He shows an aggressive approach, and has walked just 15 times so far this season (6%), and his power is mostly to the pull side at present, though he flashes some ability to drive the ball the other way. He projects as more of a pure pull hitter.
Defensively, he is best suited for second base, with an average arm and range and with quick hands and smooth actions that allow him to make all the plays at the position with an average grade.
Neuhaus is fringy from home-to-first, with 4.35 second times, and he doesn’t display the extra gear to be a base-stealing threat as his jumps/reads are average, but he runs just well enough underway to avoid being a baseclogger.
Neuhaus has the tools to set a Role 40 second baseman as his ceiling, but it comes with high risk profile because of the high strikeout rate and his limited defensive utility, and what is presently an aggressive pull-side approach at the plate that will need to mature. A more realistic role is that of a Role 30 player because he offers little benefit to a 25-man roster outside of his power bat carrying tool.