Jason Neighborgall
7
2003-2005
RHP
6-5, 212
Hillsborough, N.C.
(Riverside)

Hard-throwing right-handed pitcher....One of the most highly touted prospects to enroll at Tech....One of the better athletes on the team....Has been clocked as high as 101 miles per hour on his fastball and regularly pitches in the mid-90's....Also possesses an outstanding curve ball and change-up....A seventh round draft pick by the Boston Red Sox in June 2002 who turned down a sizable bonus to attend Tech.

2008: Announced retirement from baseball.

2007: Assigned to Class A South Bend (Midwest League)....failed to retire a batter in consecutive relief outings 4/24 and 4/29 (5 BB, 3 HBP, 6 WP) leading to a re-assignment to Extended Spring Training 5/2....sent to Class A Yakima for start of Northwest League season....made Yakima debut with a scoreless inning in relief 6/23 at Everett....overall, did not allow a run in first six Northwest League appearances....charged with 11 runs in two total innings of work over last five outings of season....walked at least one batter in all 11 appearances for Yakima....failed to retire a batter in five of those 11 outings.

  • "Wild Thing; Jason Neighborgall searches for control". See story.

2006: Remained in Extended Spring Training to begin campaign....once again assigned to Missoula Osprey for the start of the Pioneer League season....worked exclusively in relief for first 19 appearances of summer....endured forgettable stretch between 7/25 and 8/21 in which 16 consecutive batters (14 walks, two hits) reached base against him....posted 114.75 ERA while walking 21 batters in 1.1 innings during August.

2005: Parlayed outstanding fall performance into spot as No. 1 starter to begin season....went 5-0 with a 2.65 ERA over first six outings of the season including a career-high 12 strikeouts in five innings at Duke 3/4....success was tempered by ongoing control problems....after notching 18 strikeouts and just six walks in 17 innings of work during first three starts, walked 16 batters in 17 innings over next three outings leading up to disastrous start at Miami 3/25 (0.1 IP, 0 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 6 BB, 1 SO, 3 WP, 1 HBP)....set single-game Tech record with four hit batters vs. Florida State 4/16....pitched just once in May and not used again until season-ending game against Tennessee in NCAA Super Regional....Selected by Arizona Diamondbacks in 3rd round (81st pick overall) of June Draft....signed professional contract 7/5 and was assigned to Rookie level Missoula Osprey of Pioneer League....worked five innings to record first professional win 8/12 vs. Idaho Falls....established new Pioneer League record for wild pitches in a season with 23.

2004: Struggled with command of strike zone, but remained tough to hit....Recorded first career save with scoreless inning of relief 2/22 vs. Villanova....Retired side on seven pitches in an inning of relief vs. Purdue 3/16....Did not pitch for remainder of regular season after 4/18 relief outing vs. Washington (0.1 IP, 0 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 7 BB, 0 SO, 2 WP, 1 HBP)....Pitched for Bourne Braves (Cape Cod League) and Fayetteville SwampDogs (Coastal Plain League) during summer allowing just 11 hits in 26.2 innings....selected as the No. 2 prospect in the Coastal Plain League....named to the 2003-2004 Atlantic Coast Conference Academic Honor Roll.

2003: Worked three scoreless innings as a starter to gain win in first collegiate appearance 2/19 at Mercer....starting pitcher in ACC Championship game against NC State....spent summer with Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod League...ranked as No. 10 prospect at Cape Cod by Baseball America.

High School: A four-year letter-winner for coach David Norman at Riverside High School as a pitcher and outfielder....A first-team high school All-America pick by Baseball America as a senior....The North Carolina Gatorade Player of the Year in 2002....Posted a 7-3 record and a 1.35 ERA as a senior, recording 93 strikeouts in 52 innings....Tossed three no-hitters in high school....A two-time first-team all-state pick and a three-time all-conference selection....Spent the summer of 2002 with the Ohio Warhawks and recorded a 3-0 record and a 1.93 ERA with 40 strikeouts in 23.1 innings....An honor roll student.

Personal: Jason Beckley Neighborgall....Born Dec. 19, 1983....Son of Roger and Rebecca Neighborgall....Father Roger was a quarterback at Duke (1972-76)....Grandfather Harry Smith played linebacker at Duke (1941-43)....Grandfather Roger Neighborgall, Sr., played basketball and ran track at Duke (1942-46)....Uncle Billy Smith played basketball at Campbell (1965-68)....Management major.

  • "Fast and furious fireballer Jason Neighborgall gets his game back on track".
    See 3/23/05 story from USA TODAY Sports Weekly.
 Georgia Tech Statistics
 Year      W-L   ERA    G  GS  CG  SV    IP   H   R  ER   BB   SO  WP  HBP  Avg. 
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 2003      3-0   3.70  15   7   0   0  41.1  30  21  17   36   32   9    7  .208
 2004      0-1  27.00   9   1   0   1   6.2   6  20  20   24   11  13    3  .273
 2005      5-3   7.13  14  13   0   0  53.0  47  52  42   53   72  16   12  .240
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 Career    8-4   7.04  38  21   0   1 101.0  83  93  79  113  115  38   22  .229


 Professional Career
 Year  Team        W-L   ERA    G  GS  CG  SV    IP   H   R  ER  HR  BB  SO  WP 
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 2005  Missoula    1-2  11.12  15   7   0   0  22.2  21  40  28   1  45  29  23
 2006  Missoula    0-2  20.77  20   1   0   0  13.0  11  30  30   1  46  15  22 
 2007  South Bend  0-0 108.00   5   0   0   0   1.0   3  12  12   0  12   2   9
       Yakima      0-0  17.47  11   0   0   0   5.2   5  11  11   0  25   2   5
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 Career Totals     1-2  17.22  51   8   0   0  42.1  40  93  81   2 128  48  59