53 Derek Neal
53 - Derek Neal
Height: 5-9
Weight: 195
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Goldsboro, NC
High School: Rosewood HS
Previous College: Louisburg College
Position: C
Major: Business Management
Bats/Throws: R/R

FMU: first-year player at FMU....Transfer from Louisburg College, where he played two seasons.

PERSONAL:

  • Born Derek Taylor Neal in Goldsboro, NC
  • A graduate of Rosewood High School, where he played for coaches Jason King and Josh Smith
  • Nickname is Derek

PERSONAL FAVORITES:

  • As a child what you wanted to be when you grew up: Pilot   
  • Favorite Superhero: Incredible Hulk
  • Favorite Athlete: Mookie Betts
  • Favorite Sports Team:  Boston Red Sox
  • Favorite Movie or TV Show: American Sniper
  • Favorite Food: Homemade Macaroni and Cheese
  • Favorite Vacation Spot: Beach
  • Twitter Handle: Derek_Neal11
  • Instagram Account: Derek_Neal11
  • Your Motivation Music: Country
  • Favorite Thing About FMU: Griffin Athletic Complex
  • Favorite Off-Field Activity: Anything in the great outdoors
  • Goals for Upcoming Season: Get to the NCAA II World Series
  • Why you first chose your sport: Been played for generations in my family
  • The biggest mental challenge to you improving faster: Having a short memory; learning from the past and moving on
  • Interesting Notes: Goldsboro News Argus Player of the Year 2017, NC All-State Baseball Team 2017, Jerry Narron (Former MLB Player, Manager and Current Coach for Arizona Diamondbacks) Award Winner 2018, NJCAA Region X Second Team All Region 2018, Louisburg College Male Athlete of the Year 2019, NJCAA Region X Second Team All Region 2019, NJCAA Region X Gold Glove Team Catcher 2019, NJCAA Region X Defensive Player of the Year 2019; Received Congressional Nomination to the United States Air Force Academy by United States House of Representative David Rouzer