2023 Player Outlook
After a monstrous 2021 season that saw him hit 34 home runs and steal 15 bases, O’Neill saw his 2022 injury-ravaged by injury, limiting him to just 96 games. He served multiple IL stints last season, including two for hamstring issues, and his constant in and out of the lineup negated him from getting any sort of rhythm. His most games played in a month was August, where he appeared in 27 games, and he managed to hit seven home runs and post a .247 ISO that month. Reports are that he’s spent the offseason reducing some of the bulk so that he can endure a full 162-game season, but fantasy managers shouldn’t be worried about him losing substantial pop. He’ll continue to make hard contact, but in a perfect world, his plate discipline improves, and he cuts into his strikeout rate that typically hangs closer to 30 percent than 20 percent. The power and speed are for real, and his batting average should hover somewhere between his .286 mark in 2021, and last year’s .228 mark. If you believe that O’Neill can stay healthy, you’ll likely view him as a slam dunk picks at his ADP, or should I say a home run.