== Canadian for “Tank” ==
MB 100 | No. 23 Tyler O’Neill
OF | 2014 age: 19 | Bats: RH | 5-11, 205
3rd round of 2013 draft out of high school (Maple Ridge, British Columbia)
2013 ranking: not yet in organization
|Year||Age||Lvl||HR%||BB%||XBH + BB%||ISO||K%||PSA+||Conv+||Comp|
|Age Arc||Slugger > 4%||Goal > 8.5%||Goal > 19%||Goal > .200||Goal < 20%||Strong Prospect > 100|
- Played only 28 games before leaving to represent Team Canada in the 18-and-Under World Cup.
- Nickname is “Tank.”
- The Mariners released Jason Bay before he, Michael Saunders and James Paxton had a chance to put three British Columbians in the same lineup. O’Neill will give the province another shot if he arrives in time.
The camera operator loses focus celebrating Tank’s home run swing here, and with good reason. It’s a pretty one. His Canadian team was playing against A’s minor leaguers during spring training 2013.
So maybe somewhere in the alternate reality where Spock has a goatee, Kyle Seager is a bit chunkier … and right-handed … and from Canada.
OK, maybe not. But when you see this crew-cut kid with the dirt-dog attitude and the sweet swing from the right side, you kind of wonder about what a mirror-image Seager might look like.
I’m not a swing analyst, but O’Neill obviously has a clue up there, and you can see how he generated the easy power off of the A’s pitcher.
With only 28 games of data, you can’t conclude much from his 2013 season. Just one additional home run, for example, would have boosted his ISO from .140 to .180. And the walk rate out of the box is clearly encouraging.
Will they send him to Clinton at 19? It worked for Nick Franklin, didn’t work for Timmy Lopes and Marcus Littlewood. I’m guessing Tank is more on the Franklin side of the equation, so it will be interesting to see.
Here’s more of Tank, as the Athlete of the Week.