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Posted on Fri, Jun 7, 2013 : 4:20 p.m.

Michigan baseball outfielder Michael O'Neill picked by Yankees in third round of MLB draft

By Kyle Austin

The Michigan baseball team’s top hitter could soon be following in the footsteps of his famous uncle.


Michael O'Neill was picked by the Yankees Friday.

Angela J. Cesere | file

The New York Yankees selected Michael O’Neill, the Michigan junior outfielder, Friday in the third round of the MLB draft, 103rd overall. He is the highest Wolverine picked since 2010, when Ryan LaMarre was picked in the second round.

O’Neill is the nephew of former New York Yankee great Paul O’Neill. This marks the second time he has been drafted by the Yankees, after the team picked him in 2010 out of Olentangy Liberty High School in Powell, Ohio.

O’Neill was an All-Big Ten selection in 2013, and led Michigan in batting average, (.356), slugging percentage (.498), on-base percentage (.396), runs scored (46), hits (85), doubles (17) home runs (5) and stolen bases (23).