Originally written on Cardinals Fan in Cubs Land  |  Last updated 5/2/13
If you want to see Moneyball in action, all you have to do is go to Springfield, MO and watch Mike O'Neill play. By most scouts' standards, O'Neill would not be a prospect.  He stand only 5'9", has no power and little speed.  But what he does have is the uncanny ability to get on base. Through 25 games this year, O'Neill is hitting .338 with a .490 OBP (tops in the Texas league). Lat year in 418 at bats, split between high A and AA, O'Neill hit .359 with a .458 OBP (tops in all of the minors).  Quite frankly, O'Neill knows how to get on base.  If Kevin Youkilis is Moneyball's "Greek God of Walks", then O'Neill is his Irish counterpart. In Moneyball, Billy Beane went against conventional scouting and sought out players with high OBP, as baseball as a whole generally undervalued these type of players.  It is why, during the 2002 draft, the A's picked lightly regarded and heavy set catcher Jeremy Brown with the 35th overall pick.  At 5'10", 228 lbs., Brown didn't have the look of ...
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