TRENTON, NJ – Outfielder Michael O’Neill, the nephew of former Yankees outfielder and current YES Network analyst Paul O’Neill, was promoted to the Double-A Trenton Thunder Sunday.
He hit .276 (35-for-127) with two home runs and 10 RBIs in 35 games with Class-A Tampa this season. He was selected by the Yankees in the third round of the 2013 Draft from the University of Michigan. In 2014, he stole 42 bases in 129 games with Low Class-A Charleston. He replaces outfielder Juan Silva, who was placed on the disabled list with a right wrist injury, on the Thunder roster.
He was 0-for-3 in his Thunder debut Sunday in Trenton’s 1-0 win over Erie.
O’Neill has been working to cut down his strikeouts, and appears to be making progress in that area, having fanned just 33 times in 137 plate appearances with Tampa this spring. Silva was batting .212 (24-for-113) in 36 games with Trenton, but hit .375 (12-for-32) with a home run and eight RBIs in his last 10 games.
Three players have come to Central Jersey for Tampa since last week, with RHP Vicente Campos, 1B-DH Matt Snyder and O’Neill earning promotion and joining the Thunder.