The Cardinals netted Tyler O'Neill from Seattle for a soft-tossing southpaw (Marco Gonzales) who brings a 5.47 MLB ERA into his age-26 season. That's a good way of contextualizing how valuable the 22-year-old slugger is. He has posted isolated power figures above .200 at every stop above rookie ball, but his .293 average (.364 BABIP) at Double-A in 2016 now looks like an extreme outlier. The power is very legitimate, but so are his swing and miss issues. He has kept his strikeout rate below 30 percent over the past two seasons, but he is the type of a player who gets to the majors and immediately strikes out roughly 35 percent of the time because there are fewer mistakes to crush and big-league pitchers will exploit the holes in his swing. Throw in the fact that the Cardinals have a heap of young big-league-ready outfielders, and it's hard to see where he fits in. If he appears in line to get regular at-bats, he will be worth rostering in deeper formats, but not before then.
O'Neill (hamstring) was sent to minor-league camp Sunday, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. O'Neill wasn't expected to return this spring due to his recent hamstring injury. He appeared in seven Grapefruit League games, going 3-for-12 with seven strikeouts over said outings. While he's in line to open the year at Triple-A Memphis, he could earn a chance to play in the Show over the course of the upcoming season.
O'Neill will likely remain sidelined for the next two weeks after straining his right hamstring during Friday's game, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. O'Neill hasn't officially been ruled out for the remainder of the club's Grapefruit League games, but it seems highly unlikely that St. Louis will rush him back into meaningless contests with the regular season fast approaching. The 22-year-old is set to begin the 2018 campaign at Triple-A Memphis but will have a solid chance to work his way up to the majors at some point this summer.
O'Neill exited Friday's spring game against the Astros with a right hamstring strain, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. Friday was O'Neill's first start since returning from the strained oblique he sustained in late February. The severity of the injury is unclear at this point but the 22-year-old seems likely to at least be sidelined for a couple of days.
O'Neill came into Thursday's Grapefruit League game and received an at-bat for the first time since going down with a strained oblique in late February, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. O'Neill was also able to take the field in left during Thursday's contest against the Marlins, making a diving catch in the bottom of the ninth inning to help the Redbirds claim a spring victory. Prior to this outing, O'Neill had only appeared as a pinch hitter, so this is a clear step forward for the 22-year-old. Expect him to slide into the starting lineup within the next couple days.
O'Neill (oblique) was able to enter Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against Washington as a pinch runner, Joe Trezza of MLB.com reports. O'Neill had been dealing with a strained oblique for the past few days, and while it's good to see him back on the field, it's uncertain where he stands in terms of swinging a bat. The outfield prospect slashed .253/.304/.548 with 12 home runs and 39 RBI in 37 games with Triple-A Memphis after coming over from the Mariners' organization last July.
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