Tyler O’Neill has struggled to find a groove this year, as injuries have forced him to miss significant time. His 2021 season was a breakout, where he hit .286 with 34 home runs, and I’m betting on the hope that it wasn’t an aberration. With Harrison Bader and Edmundo Sosa now gone, O’Neill is one of the last speed threats remaining on the team, and that’s an unteachable skill. He’s also a two-time Gold Glove winner in the outfield, which doesn’t hurt at all.
With a fully healthy season, O’Neill should be able to bounce back, and he’s been on a bit of a hot streak lately. I wouldn’t commit to giving O’Neill a multiple-year deal at this point, but if he and the Cardinals can avoid arbitration and come to terms with a contract, I believe O’Neill can reward the team’s faith in him.