To begin the Draft's second day, the Mariners made Canadian shortstop Tyler O'Neill their third-round choice. The right-handed prep also projects as a right fielder.
A hernia forced O'Neill to move to shortstop last year, and despite the position change, he made the Canadian Junior National Team. O'Neill handled shortstop well enough, but he is best suited to catch. In his time with the National Team, O'Neill had the opportunity to play against the Rangers' instructional team. He collected several hits against the Texas prospects, including a home run. O'Neill, who shows speed on the basepaths, attends Garibaldi Secondary School in Maple Ridge, British Columbia
His father, Terry, is a former Mr. Canada and taught O'Neill about weight lifting. At 6-foot-0, 200 pounds, he is solidly built and earned the nickname Tank. He is an aggressive hitter and should develop good power.
As a hard-nosed member of the Langley Blaze travel team, O'Neill has inevitably been compared to Brett Lawrie, who played for the Blaze as a high schooler. O'Neill is committed to Oregon State.