Trio of Yankees legacies taken early on second day of 2013 MLB DraftAn O'Neill, a Mazzilli, and a Bellinger all possibly on their way to the pros
The third and fourth rounds of the MLB Draft brought four picks total for the Mets and Yankees, and they used two of those on the offspring of some very popular players of the past.
With the No. 103 pick in the third round, the Yankees selected University of Michigan outfielder Michael O'Neill, who is the nephew of five-time World Champion outfielder and Bronx favorite Paul O'Neill.
Although he is a righty, unlike his ferocious uncle, Michael is an intense competitor, one who hit .329 with a .909 OPS, six home runs, and 19 steals in 40 games for the Wolverines this spring after a strong summer of 2012 in the Cape Cod League. He has true center field ability, although he spent most of 2013 playing the corners in deference to senior center fielder Patrick Biondi, who is also expected to be selected in the higher rounds of the Draft.
The Yankees also drafted O'Neill out of high school, taking him in the 42nd round in 2010, and you can read more about the "Little Warrior" in his draft profile from River Avenue Blues.
Just 13 picks later, at No. 116 in the fourth round, the Mets then took UConn senior second baseman L.J. Mazzilli, whose dad is none other than ex-Mets and Yankees infielder/outfielder Lee Mazzilli.
L.J., who was taken in the ninth round by Minnesota after his junior year, was named District Player of the Year by the NCBWA after hitting .354 with six homers, 54 RBI, and 29 steals for the NCAA Tournament-bound Huskies. He is pegged as an instinctual, high-contact player, one who uses excellent baserunning ability to make the most of his speed and projects as a good average and doubles hitter at the next level.
Later in the round, one more New York legacy was chosen, as the Dodgers took Hamilton (AZ) HS first baseman Cody Bellinger - son of former Yankees role player Clay Bellinger) at No. 124 overall. Cody, a 2007 Little League World Series participant who is committed to Oregon, is a lefty hitter who is good defensively and is expected to develop into a good power hitter as he fills out.
Rounds 3 through 10 of the Draft were held Friday, with the final 30 rounds to take place Saturday, and below is a full list of the Yankees' Friday picks:
-Round 3 (No. 103 overall): OF Michael O'Neill, University of Michigan
-Round 4 (No. 134 overall): SS Tyler Wade, Murrieta Valley (CA) HS
-Round 5 (No. 164 overall): RHP David Palladino, Howard College (TX)
-Round 6 (No. 194 overall): SS John Murphy, Sacred Heart University (CT)
-Round 7 (No. 224 overall): RHP Nick Rumbelow, Louisiana State University
-Round 8 (No. 254 overall): OF Brandon Thomas, Georgia Institute of Technology
-Round 9 (No. 284 overall): LHP Conner Kendrick, Auburn University
-Round 10 (No. 314 overall): LHP Tyler Webb, University of South Carolina