No. 5: Tyler O’Neill hits the longest Cardinal home run in Busch Stadium III history
Along with my defense of Carpenter, I also think I defend Tyler O’Neill more than the average fan. I advocated for letting Ozuna walk so O’Neill could get his shot at consistent playing time. He has so many physical tools, they’re hard to ignore.
And by that I mean he’s a physical freak. He was in the 99th (!!) percentile for sprint speed last season. Plus, he’s quite literally part bodybuilder.
If you’re thinking in terms of pure probability, this one probably has the best chance to happen of the predictions on here. He just has to connect on one swing all season and he could create the most majestic drive in the history of an entire ballpark.
The current record is held by Randal Grichuk in 2017 at 478 feet. That would be light work for the son of a bodybuilder. Just for the fun of it, I’ll say TON hits a ball 492 feet to left-center field this season, smashing the previous record.
I’m prepared for these to turn into freezing cold takes by season’s end. These are all just for fun, but I do believe they are real predictions. I’m just ready for real baseball to start.