Mickey Moniak

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Biographical Information[edit]

Outfielder Mickey Moniak was selected first overall in the 2016 amateur draft, by the Philadelphia Phillies, out of a high school in California, where he hit .478 in his senior season. There was no consensus top pick heading into the draft, and while Moniak was known to be in the running for the honor of being the top pick, he was in competition with a number of others. It was only the second time in Phillies history that they had drafted first, the other time coming in 1998, when they had picked Pat Burrell. He was the first high school outfielder to go #1 overall since Delmon Young in 2003. Moniak hit .323/.361/.355 for Team USA when they won the 2015 U-18 Baseball World Cup. Moniak signed with the Phillies on June 20th. He was given a signing bonus of $6.1 million, which was below the estimated level for the slot and slightly less than the bonus offered #2 pick Nick Senzel.

Mickey began his pro career with the GCL Phillies. In 46 games, he hit .284/.340/,409 with 27 runs and 28 RBIs while playing mainly centerfield, a very solid debut.

His grandfather Bill Moniak played in the Boston Red Sox chain.

Further Reading[edit]

  • Paul Hagen: "Levelheaded Moniak stays grounded: Phillies' 18-year-old prospect showing signs of maturity beyond his years", mlb.com, March 2, 2017. [1]
  • Mike Vorkunov: "Phillies hopeful Mickey Moniak represents next step toward respectability", USA Today Sports, June 10, 2016. [2]

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