Neal was born and raised in the suburbs of the Windy City. He's an active follower of the Bulls, Blackhawks, Bears, and Fire; however, his true sports love is the Chicago Cubs. He's fascinated by prospects and player development, and he wholeheartedly believes that the Cubs will have killed the curse of the Billy Goat before 2020. He loves scouting out prospects at spring training as well as following their progress nightly on baseball-reference.com and fangraphs.com. Because of his love of writing and his love of prospects, Neal hosts and writes for a blog that covers the Cubs top prospects: www.youngcubsonclark.blogspot.com. He is currently enrolled at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is double majoring in Marketing and Management.