Mariners prospect O'Neill homers in fourth straight game

Bakersfield outfielder has nine long balls in his past 12 contests

Mariners prospect O'Neill homers in fourth straight game

Something happened to Tyler O'Neill in Canada.

The Mariners' No. 7 prospect was already dangerous going into the Pan-Am Games last month, but he emerged from Toronto a monster. Monday night, O'Neill went deep in his fourth straight game as Class A Advanced Bakersfield defeated Lancaster, 9-5. The barrage is not an isolated one either, as he now has nine homers in his past 12 contests.

That's how long it's been since the 20-year-old returned from a three-week stint with Team Canada, and his stats certainly have not suffered, despite the lengthy absence.

O'Neill now boasts a .558 slugging percentage with 25 homers -- three off the Minor League lead -- and 64 RBIs for the Blaze. He has also swiped 14 bases without being caught.

A native of Maple Ridge, Ontario, O'Neill was selected No. 85 overall in the 2013 Draft and has since swatted 39 long balls in 166 pro games.

Alex M. Smith is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.