Joshua Richard Neitz
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 180 lb.
- School Saint Leo University
- High School Chamberlain High School (Tampa, FL)
- Born July 21, 1979 in Rochester, NY USA
Josh Neitz has been a minor league and First Division pitcher. He was originally drafted in the 25th round of the 2002 amateur draft by the New York Yankees. He played in the Yankees organization in 2002 and 2003, and pitched in independent ball until 2009.
In 2002, he played for the Staten Island Yankees, for whom he went 4-3 with a 2.87 ERA in 30 relief appearances. In 31 relief appearances for the Battle Creek Yankees in 2003, he went 2-1 with a 7.94 ERA.
He played for three teams in three leagues in 2004. With The Aces of the Northeast League, he went 3-2 with a 5.29 ERA in 18 games (five starts). In nine games (four starts) for the Richmond Roosters of the Frontier League, he went 0-5 with a 5.67 ERA. He also made four relief appearances for the Pennsylvania Road Warriors in 2003, posting a 6.94 ERA. Overall, he went 3-7 with a 5.62 ERA in his first year of independent baseball.
In 2005, Neitz played for the Shreveport Sports and Fort Worth Cats of the Central Baseball League, going a combined 2-1 with a 5.28 ERA in 34 games (three starts). He played for Shreveport in 2006, going 4-5 with a 3.34 ERA in 19 games (11 starts). Since 2007, he has played for the El Paso Diablos, going 9-4 with a 3.92 ERA in 20 starts in 2007 and 10-9 with a 4.35 ERA in 21 starts in 2008. He played with them in 2009, going 6-3 with a 4.63 ERA.
In 2010, Neitz moved to Europe with the Hoboken Pioneers, allowing three hits and one unearned run in six innings; he registered one save. In the 2010 European Cup, he was 1-0 with a 6.75 ERA. He allowed five runs in 1 2/3 IP in relief against the Tenerife Marlins Puerto Cruz but beat the Savigny Lions in a complete game 5-3 decision. During the 2011 European Cup, he got another win for Hoboken, beating the Moscow North Stars, 8-3, in another complete game. In a start against CB Sant Boi, he struggled with eight runs and eight hits in four innings for the loss.