Last season, in the A-Advanced Florida State League, O'Neill was the runaway winner of the batting and OBP titles and was the Player of the Month in both July and August according to both the Cardinals organization and The Cardinal Nation.
Moved up to Double-A Springfield in mid-August, O'Neill kept producing. In fact, he hit the after burners. In the final 13 games of the season, his line was .563/.643/.719 for the Cardinals club that went on to take the Texas League title.
Once again, at 13 games into his new level, O'Neill is showing the step up was no problem. Installed in the Redbirds leadoff position by manager Pop Warner, the left-fielder's Pacific Coast League line is .320/.442/.426/.868.
In the following exclusive interview, O'Neill discusses his success, his motivations and his hopes for the future.
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