Mike O’Neill, CF, University of Michigan
Class: Junior; Height: 6-1; Weight: 195; B/T: R/R
The school up north’s best hitter and starting center fielder, O’Neill came into the year with a .316/.368/.447 career line. And this season, he’s in the midst of a career year, hitting .356/.396/.498 with 17 doubles, five homeruns, and 23 stolen bases (in 27 attempts).
O’Neill’s raw Weighted On Base Average, or wOBA, is an unimpressive .394. However, UM’s home ballpark is quite the pitcher’s palace, and once his numbers are adjusted his line is far more impressive: .372/.412/.519 with a .410 wOBA (according to CollegeSplits).
Projection: There are a few red flags to be cognizant of here, mainly O’Neill’s pop and inability to take a walk. Even in a breakout season, the center fielder’s power grades out as below-average (at best) and he’s walked just 11 times in 56 games. His production is largely driven by batting average and stolen bases, meaning he profiles as a decent fourth outfielder-type option.
Ceiling: 1.5-win (starter)
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate
Drafted: Second or Third Round
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