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Cardinals Promote No. 4 Prospect, Really Jacked Tyler O’Neill

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After a scorching hot start this season in the minors, the St. Louis Cardinals have promoted three-way outfielder and number 4 prospect Tyler O’Neill to the big-league club.

In a corresponding move, St. Louis optioned right-hander John Brebbia to the triple-A Memphis Redbirds.

O’Neill, 22, was hitting .388/.385/.837 with six homers and 18 RBIs in 49 at-bats for Memphis prior to his promotion.

O’Neill is in fact REALLY jacked. So jacked that he can squat 585 (!!!) pounds (this was when he was 19!):

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Just look at his biceps and shoulders. It’s like he’s straight out of a Marvel film.

O’Neill’s father Terry was named Mr. Canada in 1975, an honor given to the nation’s top bodybuilder. So it’s no surprise that ridiculous physiques run in the O’Neill family.

Needless to say, O’Neill is huge. And he’s going to be huge. Since the start of 2015, the 5’11” physical specimen has hit 93 homers in the minors.

O’Neill was a third-round draft pick in 2013 by the Seattle Mariners prior to being dealt to St. Louis in July of last season for left-hander Marco Gonzalez.

The newest Cardinal was activated for St. Louis’ Thursday afternoon game against the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field, and made his way into the game as he struck out swinging as a pinch-hitter for starter Luke Weaver to end the top of the fifth inning.

“Everything I worked for my whole life came down to that one moment,” said O’Neill about his call-up to the majors. “I’m going to try to make the most of every chance I get and leave nothing out on the field.”

Like I said, O’Neill is going to be a star. Keep an eye on this kid, folks.

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Diamondbacks Sign Merrill Kelly To Two-Year Deal

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed right hander Merrill Kelly to a two-year, $5.5 million contract, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan.

Kelly’s new deal will pay him $2 million in 2019 and $3 million in 2020 and includes a pair of club options. The 30-year old has never pitched in the major leagues but had an impressive four-year stint in the Korea Baseball Organization.

Kelly was a former prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

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Nationals Sign Patrick Corbin

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The Washington Nationals surprisingly won the courtship of free agent pitcher Patrick Corbin, who chose the team over the New York Yankees and the Philadelphia Phillies, and will ink a six-year deal with $140 million in guaranteed money, according to FanCred’s Jon Heyman.

Washington agreed to terms with Corbin on Tuesday, according to the Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes.

Corbin will now join a rotation that features Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.

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Braves to Hire Rick Kranitz As Pitching Coach

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The Atlanta Braves are finalizing a contract with Rick Kranitz that will officially make him the team’s new pitching coach, according to The Athletic’s David O’Brien.

While no timetable for a completed deal has been reported at the time of this writing, the reports indicated that it’s now “expected” that Kranitz, who spent last season with the Philadelphia Phillies, will join the Braves organization.

Kranitz was out in Philly following the team’s decision to promote assistant pitching coach Chris Young to Kranitz’s position.

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