MORRISTOWN, NJ - Morristown native and 2015 Seton Hall Prep graduate Matt O’Neill was selected by th New York Mets in the 20th round of the MLB Draft with the 598th overall pick on June 5.
O’Neill, who played as a catcher and was a four-year starter at the University of Pennsylvania, was a unanimous, First-Team All-Ivy League selection this past season. O’Neill had his best season come as a senior. He led the Ivy League with a .405 batting average and a .527 on-base percentage, which ranked sixth-best among Division I
athletes this year. O’Neill finished second on the team in the hits category with 64 and set a single-season record with 40 walks this past season.
UPenn finished the season with a 23-18 record and had a pair of victories over Super Regional qualifier Duke out of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The 6-foot, 215-pound O’Neill was named Ivy League Rookie of the Year in 2016. O’Neill, the Big 5 Player of the Year this past season, believed there was some interest from the Mets after working out at the organization’s spring training complex in Port St. Lucie in Florida. O’Neill is the 14th Penn player to be selected in the MLB Draft since 1991.
“We at Seton Hall Prep are so proud to hear of Matt’s selection by the New York Mets,” said Seton Hall Prep baseball head coach Michael Sheppard. “During his time at the Prep, Matt was a true student-athlete who performed well in the classroom and on the baseball diamond. As a catcher, he was an old-school type of player who gave his best effort and was solid and dependable in his performance.”
At Seton Hall Prep, O’Neill found success. In 2015, he finished with 45 hits, 54 RBI, five home runs and he walked 11 times. His batting average was a stellar .500. O’Neill is a graduated of Penn’s Wharton School of Business.