2023 Player Outlook
2023 Recap: O’Neill spent a big chunk of the 2023 season on the IL due to lower back and left hamstring injuries that limited him to just 72 lackluster games. He posted a disappointing .231 batting average, and his power and speed stats were nowhere his previous norms.
2024 Outlook: Back injuries and power hitters don’t mix well, and his average exit velocity was almost four mph below what it was during his 2021 breakout season. However, his barrel rate was above average and maybe getting out of St. Louis and his personal toxic relationship with Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol can help him find some of that old spark in his bat. He’s a potential post hype sleeper but the hype comes with a lot of risk.