Yankees Select Nephew of Ex-Major Leaguer Paul O’Neill in Draft

The New York Yankees, using the 103rd overall pick, drafted University of Michigan outfielder Michael O’Neill, the nephew of former Major League Baseball player Paul O’Neill, who is now a YES television broadcaster for the team.

The three-day first-year player draft ends today as the clubs rotate through rounds 11 through 40. In the first two days, 316 players were selected.

The Yankees took high school shortstop Tyler Wade of Murrieta, California, in the fourth round, Howard College’s right-handed pitcher David Palladino in the fifth and shortstop John Murphy from Sacred Heart University in the sixth.

In the seventh, the Yankees tapped right-hander Nick Rumbelow of Louisiana State University, Georgia Tech center fielder Brandon Thomas in the eighth, left-hander Conner Kendrick of Auburn University in the ninth and University of South Carolina left-hander Tyler Webb in the 10th.

The New York Mets started the day by taking high school center fielder Ivan Wilson in the third round, then chose second baseman L.J. Mazzilli of Connecticut in the fourth, left fielder Jared King of Kansas State in the fifth and Brevard College center fielder Champ Stuart in the sixth round.

With the 206th overall pick, the Mets took Oklahoma first baseman Matthew Oberste in the seventh round, then selected Florida Gulf Coast right-hander Ricky Knapp in the eighth, Michigan center fielder Patrick Biondi in the ninth and high school shortstop Luis Guillorme of Davie, Florida, in the 10th round.

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