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Maple Ridge’s Tyler O’Neill traded by Mariners to Cardinals

Maple Ridge’s Tyler O’Neill traded by Mariners to Cardinals

July 22, 2017

Maple Ridge’s Tyler O’Neill traded by Mariners to Cardinals

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Maple Ridge slugger Tyler O’Neill is on the move.

The Seattle Mariners traded their No. 2 prospect to the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, receiving southpaw pitcher Marco Gonzales in return.

The 22-year-old O’Neill was a third-round pick in the 2013 draft, 85th overall, being taken by the Mariners right out of Garibaldi Secondary school. The 5-foot-11, 210-pound O’Neill had hit 19 home runs and 56 RBI for triple-A Tacoma of the Pacific Coast League, with a .244 average through 93 games.

In his minor league career, O’Neill hit .269 with 89 home runs and 300 RBI in 418 games. He led the California League with 32 home runs and a 12.72 HR/AB ratio in 2015. Over his most recent five games at Tacoma, O’Neill smacked five home runs and had 11 RBI in 21 at-bats.

The Canadian-born outfielder played in three games for Team Canada in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. His father, Terry, was named Mr. Canada in 1975, an honour bestowed on the top bodybuilder in the nation.

Gonzales, 25, was the Cardinals first round draft pick (19th overall) out of Gonzaga University in the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. He made seven starts (12 app.) over parts of three Major League seasons with the Cardinals posting a 4-2 record with a 5.53 ERA covering 40.2 innings.

“This was more of a traditional trade in the sense that O’Neill was an outfielder with upside in the Mariners organization and Gonzales was a pitcher with upside in our organization,” said Cardinals Team President of Baseball Operations, John Mozeliak. “If you look at the depth we have with the pitching in our system, it allowed us to make a move like this to improve. We are excited for Tyler to join our organization.”

O’Neill will report to the Cardinals Triple-A Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League.


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