Tyler O’Neill burst onto the scene with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2021 and secured the starting left field job.
He put together a 34-home run season and was set to be a key contributor for the team in 2022.
Unfortunately, injuries took their toll on the Cardinals star.
The slugger hit the injured list three times during the 2022 season and was limited to just 96 games.
However, O’Neill says he feels stronger heading into the 2023 season and is preparing to bounce back from a year in which he hit just .228.
The 27-year-old spoke with MLB Network radio on Monday to discuss his preparation and plans for the 2023 season.
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— MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM (@MLBNetworkRadio) February 6, 2023
O’Neill talked a lot about his offseason work.
He revealed that he had been in St. Louis for much of the offseason working with coaches to perfect his swing.
He also talked about a more intense training routine he has been following this winter and how he has gotten back to doing some heavy lifting as the season approaches.
The slugger and two-time Gold Glove Award winner expressed confidence that his offseason routine will ultimately pay dividends, even going as far as to say his training regimen had gone to “a whole new level.”
This should be encouraging for Cardinals fans to hear.
Outside of adding Willson Contreras, the team hasn’t made any other significant moves, instead putting their faith in some of their internal options, such as O’Neill.
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