June 18, 2013
NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Junior outfielder Michael O'Neill (Powell, Ohio/Olentangy Liberty) of the University of Michigan baseball team has signed a contract to play professionally with the New York Yankees organization. O'Neill will forego his final year of eligibility with the Wolverines.
O'Neill also earned third team All-America honors by the American Baseball Coaches' Association, becoming the first Wolverine since Zach Putnam in 2007 to earn a spot on the teams. He is the 21st Wolverine to earn a spot on the ABCA teams. He was named to the ACBA All-Mideast Region first team last Friday afternoon (June 14).
O'Neill was selected by the Yankees in the third round (103rd pick overall) of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on June 7. He reported to Staten Island, the Short-Season A affiliate that plays in the New York-Penn League. He was in the lineup in the season opener against Brooklyn last night (Tuesday, June 17) and went 2-for-4 with a double in the 2-1 win.
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 had 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 marked the second time O'Neill was drafted as he was taken in the 42nd round of the 2010 draft by the New York Yankees out of high school.
Contact: Kent Reichert (734) 763-4423