MLB Draft: Seattle Mariners Select Tyler O’Neill 85th Overall
The Seattle Mariners went shopping north of the border for their 3rd round , 85th overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft selecting Canadian Tyler O`Neill. The Mariners have selected position players with their first 3 choices in the draft also selecting third baseman D.J. Peterson with the 12th selection and outfielder Austin Wilson with the 49th overall pick.
O`Neill was a member of the Canadian National Junior Team and the Langley Blaze travel team where he was hitting .576 in 18 games for the Blaze. Earlier this season, O`Neill dialled long distance twice, knocking in 10 runners for the Blaze in a victory over the Victoria Eagles.
O`Neill can play both shortstop and catcher but is projected by experts to be a better fit behind the dish. The 18-year old is nicknamed the Tank and often gains comparisons to fellow canuck Brett Lawrie for his make-up and style of play.
O`Neill projects to put up good power numbers with his frame and ability to hit to all fields if the Mariners can lure him from Oregon State.
The newly drafted Mariner took to Twitter to express his excitement after the selection.
Ecstatic to be a part of the Seattle Mariner Organization!
— Tyler O’Neill (@toneill21) June 7, 2013
The Mariners must have been impressed with the O`Neill bloodlines as his father was a former Mr.Canada in weightlifting. The gritty O`Neill is a former hockey player and the second Canadian born player to be selected in the draft after Edmonton born Rob Zastryzny was selected 41st overall by the Chicago Cubs.
The Seattle Mariners have one of the best farm systems in all of baseball and continue to add to their blue chippers with high ceiling picks like O`Neill. It is an exciting time to be a Mariners fan especially if they are able to put pen to paper with most of their selections.