Buy or Sell: 2022 Projections for St. Louis Cardinals Lineup

Tyler O'Neill #27 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after hitting a home run in the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres at Busch Stadium on September 18, 2021 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/Getty Images)
Tyler O'Neill #27 of the St. Louis Cardinals celebrates after hitting a home run in the eighth inning against the San Diego Padres at Busch Stadium on September 18, 2021 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/Getty Images) /
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ST LOUIS, MO – AUGUST 19: Tyler O’Neill #27 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a three-run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the fifth inning at Busch Stadium on August 19, 2021 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MO – AUGUST 19: Tyler O’Neill #27 of the St. Louis Cardinals hits a three-run home run against the Milwaukee Brewers in the fifth inning at Busch Stadium on August 19, 2021 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images) /

LF Tyler O’Neill

2022 Projection: BA: .262, OBP: .331, SLG: .487, OPS: .818, R: 75, H: 120, 2B: 23, 3B: 1, HR: 26, RBI: 68, SB: 11, CS: 3, BB: 40, SO: 148

Verdict: Sell

There seems to be a lot of debate about whether or not Tyler O’Neill can keep up the production he had last year and even build upon it, and if you watched him closely in 2021, you’d be confident in his production being here to stay.

After making critical adjustments to his swing and approach at the plate, it all came together for O’Neill as he finished 8th in the NL MVP voting. Tyler O’Neill has long been seen as a five tool player, with a plus glove, power, and speed, and he found a way to hone it all in to be one of the most dangerous players in baseball.

Baseball Reference has O’Neill declining across the board in almost every category. If Tyler O’Neill can stay healthy, he seems to be a safe bet to repeat the numbers from 2021, and maybe even build upon his 34 HRs, 26 2Bs, 2 3Bs, and 80 RBIs. A slight decline in his .286 average could be a wise regression projection.

Expect Tyler O’Neill to be an All-Star and dark horse MVP candidate for St. Louis.

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