Tyler O'Neill the next Brett Lawrie?

Power-hitting outfielder Tyler O'Neill. (Adam Morissette, Baseball Canada)

Power-hitting outfielder Tyler O'Neill. (Adam Morissette, Baseball Canada)

BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 12:26 PM ET

“Who does No. 42 remind you of?” a scout asked last year before the Canada Cup gold-medal game at London’s Labatt Park.

After watching Tyler O’Neill run and walk, the answer was easy: Brett Lawrie.

It’s easy for a scout — or even a lowly writer, for that matter — to toss around comparisons from the grandstand.

No one saw more of Lawrie, than scout Tom McNamara, who was responsible for the Milwaukee Brewers choosing the Langley, B.C., teenager in the first round five years ago.

Now, scouting director of the Seattle Mariners, McNamara chose O’Neill, 17, in the third round Friday, the top Canadian high-schooler chosen on Day 2 of the annual three-day draft.

“At the private workout at Safeco Field, (McNamara) told me how he was there the day Brett went off ... five homers in a doubleheader,” said O’Neill from Langley, B.C. “It’s pretty cool being compared to Brett. I hope to meet him.”


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