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Michael O'Neill

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Michael O'Neill
Name: Michael Aaron O'Neill
Born: Jun 12, 1992 in Powell, OH
College: Michigan
High School: Olentangy Liberty HS, Lewis Center, Ohio
Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 195 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 3rd round (103rd overall) by the New York Yankees in 2013 (signed for $500,900)
O'Neill remains the top position prospect in the Big 10 Conference, though he hasn't performed as well as he did as a sophomore or in the Cape Cod League in 2012. All of the tools are still there, as he's a 6-foot-1, 195-pounder with plus speed, solid righthanded power and arm strength and a chance to play center field. O'Neill has a reputation for being too hard on himself--much like his uncle Paul, a five-time all-star with the Reds and Yankees--and he tried to do too much when Patrick Biondi was out of the Wolverines lineup for three weeks with a sprained thumb. He didn't adjust well to a steady diet of breaking balls and will have to improve his pitch recognition and plate discipline to maximize his offensive potential. Biondi's absence did give O'Neill the opportunity to show what he could do in center, and he acquitted himself well. He has the wheels for the position, posting the fastest 60-yard dash (6.36 seconds) during the Cape League's Fenway Park workout last summer. The Yankees selected him in the 42nd round out of an Ohio high school in 2010.
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