Here’s the thread to continue talking about the 2016 First Year Player Draft.
With the 1:1 pick, the Phillies selected Mickey Moniak – a 6’2, 190 lb HS outfielder. He just turned 18, and has committed to UCLA. The following is from Baseball America –
“Moniak starred for USA Baseball’s 18U national team last summer, helping the team win a gold medal while teaming with fellow Southern Californian Blake Rutherford in the American outfield. The two players regularly are compared to each other, with Moniak having a strong spring and moving up draft boards, with many ranking him ahead of Rutherford. He’s a hitter with feel for the barrel that evokes comparisons to Christian Yelich, a fellow SoCal prep outfield product, and solid power to the gaps. Moniak runs above-average underway but explodes around the basepaths and earns plus defensive grades in center field, capable of highlight reel catches as he turned in during the 2016 Area Code Games. He’s committed to UCLA.”
Comments on players selected in the entire first round can be read on BA’s Draft Tracker.
With the 42nd pick they selected Kevin Gowdy – a 6’4, 175 lb HS RHP. He is 18 and has committed to UCLA.
Here’s an interesting article by BA’s Hudson Belinsky on Gowdy from March 2016.
The Phillies’ selections are being tracked in our 2016 Draft Tracker.
The draft continues today and includes Rounds 3-10. Coverage will start at 1:00 PM ET, live on MLB.com. Preview show starts at 12:30 PM ET.