June 7, 2013
SECAUCUS, N.J. -- Junior outfielder Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) and senior outfielder Patrick Biondi (Woodhaven, Mich./Divine Child) of the University of Michigan baseball team both were selected on the second day of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft Friday afternoon (June 7). O'Neill was picked in the third round (103rd pick overall) by the New York Yankees, while Biondi was pegged in the ninth round (266th pick overall) by the New York Mets.
O'Neill, who was an All-Big Ten first team selection in 2013, led the Wolverines in batting average (.356), slugging percentage (.498), on-base percentage (.396), runs scored (46), hits (85), doubles (17), home runs (5) and stolen bases (23). O'Neill had four of his five home runs in the team's last six regular-season games, including a grand slam at Nebraska on May 17. He had 29 multi-hit games and seven multi-RBI performances. In his three years in Ann Arbor, O'Neill has a career .331 batting average with 37 doubles, four triples, 13 home runs, 97 runs batted in and 72 stolen bases, which are fourth in U-M's career swipes list. This is the second time O'Neill has been drafted as he was taken in the 42nd round of the 2010 draft by the New York Yankees out of high school.
Biondi, who is a two-time All-Big Ten second team selection, hit .309 his senior year with nine doubles, a triple, 16 RBI and 15 stolen bases. The Big Ten Preseason Player to Watch broke U-M's career stolen base mark in 2013 and ended his Wolverine career with 103 thefts. He also finished second in career runs scored (189) and sixth in career hits (252). The two-time captain had a career .303 batting average with 38 doubles, 10 triples, five home runs and 84 RBI at U-M. This is the second time Biondi has been drafted as he was taken in the 35th round of the 2009 draft by the Detroit Tigers.
Michigan has now had a player picked in the draft in 15 of the last 16 seasons. O'Neill becomes the highest draft pick for the Wolverines since Ryan LaMarre went in the second round (62nd pick) to the Cincinnati Reds in 2010. It is also the first time since 2010 where two Wolverines were drafted in the top 10 rounds.
The MLB First-Year Player Draft concludes Saturday afternoon (June 8) at 1 p.m. with rounds 11-40.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423