Report: Yankees sign third-round draft choice Michael O'Neill

Ex-Michigan outfielder signs for exact slot bonus, according to Baseball America
06/13/2013 4:01 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Michael O'Neill has officially joined his uncle Paul as part of the Yankees organization. (AP)
The New York Yankees have signed their 2013 third-round draft choice, University of Michigan outfielder, Michael O’Neill, according to a Tweet by Baseball America insider Jim Callis.

Michael, who is the nephew of Yankees fan favorite Paul O’Neill, signed a deal with a bonus of $500,900 – the exact slot bonus for a third-round pick – according to Callis.

The No. 103 overall pick, O’Neill, who turned 21 on June 12, hit .329 with six homers and 19 stolen bases in 40 games for the University of Michigan this spring Wolverines this year. Now that he is in the fold, he will likely begin his pro career with the Short-Season Class A Staten Island Yankees, who begin their 2013 schedule on Monday.

O’Neill becomes the 14th of the Yankees’ 42 draft choices to sign, a haul that so far includes their top overall choice, former Notre Dame third baseman Eric Jagielo.

The team’s top two picks from the high school ranks, first-round LHP Ian Clarkin and second-round second baseman Gosuke Katoh, are expected to join that group soon; both are now eligible to sign after graduating high school this week, and are expected to ink deals as early as Monday.

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