Tyler O'Neill, CBN POW, Week IV

By George Farelli
Canadian Baseball Network

Another year.

Another set of fences to try and clear.

Tyler O’Neill had success going deep for the rookie-Class Arizona League Mariners in Peoria, Az., at class-A Everett’s Memorial Stadium in Everett, Wash., at class-A Clinton’s Ashford University Field in Clinton Iowa, at class-A Bakersfield and Sam Lynn Ballpark in Bakersfield, Calif. 

So why should playing in the double-A Southern League for the Jackson Generals and hitting at The Ballpark at Jackson be any different for O’Neill.

O’Neill (Maple Ridge, BC) hit .417 for the week (5-for-12) with two homers and six RBIs to win Canadian Baseball Network Player of the Week honors as the best of the 51 Canucks in the minors.

How his week that was went ... as O’Neill ...

_ Doubled in a 6-3 win over the Mobile BayBears before 2,137 fans at The Ballpark at Jackson. He doubled to left leading off the second and scored the game’s first run. 

_ Singled in three at-bats and knocked in a run in a 3-2 loss to Mobile in the first game of the doubleheader. He hit a line drive single to left in the sixth cutting the Mobile lead to 3-1. 

_ Was 1-for-3 with a two-run homer in a 5-0 win over Mobile. O’Neill hit a two-run homer to left to boost the Jackson lead to 5-0 before 3,792 fans.   

_ Was 2-for-3 with a homer and three RBIs in a 6-4 win against Mobile. He homered, his sixth,   to centre with two men on board for a 3-0 lead,      

O’Neill is hitting .313 this season with two doubles, a triple, six homers and 18 RBIs in 22 games. He has a .961 OPS.

In this his fourth season in the minors, O’Neill, the former Langley Blaze star, is hitting .269 with 39 doubles, six triples, 52 homers and 160 RBIs in 217 games. He has an .858 OPS and of the 52 homers, his best year was last year when he hit 32 in 106 games.    

Player / Class / Team    AB    R    H    HR    RBI    AVG

Tyler O’Neill   -   AA   Jackson    12    5    5    2    6    .417
Brett Siddall   -   A   Beloit    22    3    8    -    5    .364
Jesse Hodges   -   A   South Bend    15    -    5    -    1    .333
Dustin Houle   -   A   Brevard County    15    2    4    -    -    .267
Eric Wood   -   AA   Altoona    19    1    5    -    2    .263

Jim Adduci   -   KBO   Lotte Giants    18    2    6    -    2    .333
(Minimum 10 AB’s required.)                        
APP       IP         H      R      ER      BB      K      W-L      SV      WHIP      WK   ERA

2       14.0       7      1       1          3      10         -          -          0.71            0.64
Jameson Taillon made two starts this week and despite the fact he did not win either, each outing would have to be considered a success.   On April 28th in a 6-5 loss to Norfolk Tides he pitched seven innings, gave up five base hits and only one earned run while striking out seven Tides, but was not involved in the decision. In his second start on May 1st a 1-0 win in 12 Innings over Durham Bulls, he threw seven scoreless innings surrendering two base hits and striking out three Durham hitters, but again was not involved in the final decision.
After having missed the entire 2014 and 2015 seasons due to injury, the progress made thus far in 2016 bodes well for his future.   These two starts improved his overall record with the Indians in Triple A International League to 2-0 with a 1.19 ERA.
APP       IP         H      R      ER      BB      K      W-L      SV      WHIP      WK   ERA

1         6.0         5      1       1          1       7      1-0         -          1.00            1.50
Following up on his outstanding performance in Week Three, which included his being named Canadian Baseball Network’s Minor League Player of the Week, James Paxton had another strong outing this week. On May 1st in a 12-1 win over Las Vegas 51s he pitched six innings, gave up five base hits and one earned run while striking out seven
Las Vegas batters to earn his third win of the season.   His record with Tacoma in the Triple A Pacific Coast League now stands at 3-2 with a 3.42 ERA.
APP       IP         H      R      ER      BB      K      W-L      SV      WHIP      WK   ERA

2         9.0      11      6       5          2      12      1-0         -         1.44            4.09
Ethan Elias made two starts for Visalia Rawhide this week, and the results were mixed.   On April 28th in an 8-4 win over Modesto Nuts he tossed three innings, gave up six base hits and four earned runs while striking out six Modesto hitters, but was not involved in the decision.   On May 3rd in a 10-2 win over High Desert Mavericks he pitched six innings, surrendered five base hits and one earned run while striking out six Mavericks, to earn his first win of the season. These two outings improved his overall record with Visalia in the Single A California League to 1-1 with a 5.47 ERA.

LHP Andrew Albers (North Battleford, Sask.) - Contract acquired by Minnesota Twins from Lancaster Barnstormers IND Atlantic League, he was assigned to Triple A Rochester Red Wings.
C    Luke Carlin   (Aylmer, Que.)   -   Free Agent signed a Minor League contract with the Cleveland Indians.
C   Maxx Tissenbaum   (Toronto, Ont.)   -   Placed on the Disabled List by Miami Marlins at Single A Greensboro Grasshoppers.
LHP   Donovan Feenstra   (Calgary, Alta.)   -   Free Agent signs with Gateway Grizzlies IND Frontier League.
RHP   Kyle McKay   (King City, Ont.)   -   Free Agent signs with Traverse City Beach Bums IND Frontier League.