O'Neill, Beede, Arroyo sent to Minors camps

Southern League MVP impresses Mariners with strong Cactus League

Tyler O'Neill earned Southern League MVP honors and helped Jackson win the championship in 2016. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

By Michael Avallone / MiLB.com | March 19, 2017 7:26 PM ET

Tyler O'Neill's time at Major League Spring Training may be over, but the Mariners' second-ranked prospect left a lasting impression.

MLB.com's No. 36 overall prospect, O'Neill was assigned to Minor League camp on Sunday after batting .310 with a homer and eight RBIs, including five in his last four Cactus League games. The homer was a towering two-run blast off Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw on Friday.

O'Neill was named Southern League MVP last season after hitting .293/.374/.508 with 24 homers and a circuit-leading 102 RBIs in his first Double-A campaign. He helped Jackson win the championship, then played for Canada earlier this month at the World Baseball Classic.

In other player moves, Christian Arroyo said a loud and clear goodbye to Major League Spring Training.

The Giants' No. 2 prospect belted his first homer of the spring on Sunday, a two-run shot in the ninth inning, before he and top prospect Tyler Beede were sent to Minor League camp.

Arroyo hit .278 with a homer and four RBIs in 16 Cactus League games. He batted .274/.316./373 with a career-high 36 doubles in 119 games at Double-A Richmond last season. The 25th overall pick in the 2013 Draft, he's a .294 hitter in four Minor League seasons.

"I got an extra week this year, so that was fun, but it's time for me to get some more consistent at-bats and go back over to the Minor League side," he told CSN Bay Area. "Hopefully, I left the people here with a smile on their face."

A teammate of Arroyo's at Richmond last year, Beede vaulted to the top of the Giants' prospect list after posting a 2.81 ERA with 135 strikeouts over 147 1/3 innings in 24 starts for the Flying Squirrels. He had a 0.96 ERA in five Cactus League appearances, including one start.

"I'm happy with it," Beede said. "It went way better than I expected in terms of comfortability and how sharp I felt. For the most part, you want to make sure you leave a good impression so they know what they've got if there is the possibility of being called up."

Giants manager Bruce Bochy was impressed with the 23-year-old right-hander.

"He's a four-pitch guy. We have the confidence to use him at any point," he told MLB.com. "I'm not saying [relieving] is what he's going to do, but it keeps his options open and ours, if we need some help in the 'pen."

San Francisco also assigned left-hander Kraig Sitton to Minor League camp and optioned infielder Orlando Calixte to Triple-A Sacramento.

Right-hander Jesus Liranzo, the Orioles' No. 16 prospect, was assigned to Triple-A Norfolk.

Michael Avallone is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @MavalloneMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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