Tyler O'Neill, St. Louis Cardinals

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Cards Promote O'Neill's Hot Bat, Fowler Goes On Paternity Leave

Fowler and his wife, Aliya, are expecting the birth of their second child.

July 02, 2018 - 11:50 am
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ST. LOUIS, MO – July 2, 2018 – The St. Louis Cardinals announced prior to tonight’s series opener at the Arizona Diamondbacks that they have recalled rookie outfielder Tyler O’Neill from Memphis (AAA) and placed outfielder Dexter Fowler on the Paternity List.

O’Neill, who will join St. Louis tonight for his third recall this season, is batting .304 (56-for-184) with 19 home runs and 48 RBI in 49 games this season for Memphis. The 23-year-old outfielder has homered in four of his last five games, giving the slugger 19 overall on the season that leads Cardinals organization and ranks 2nd in the Pacific Coast League and 6th across all of Minor League Baseball. Both his .663 slugging percentage and 1.028 OPS would rank 2nd in the PCL, but O’Neill does not have enough at-bats to qualify.

O’Neill has appeared in 16 games with St. Louis this season, hitting .237 (9-for-38) with three home runs and seven RBI, while also appearing defensively at all three outfield positions.

Fowler and his wife, Aliya, are expecting the birth of their second child.