Mickey Moniak was your selection as the #3 prospect in the Phillies’ organization. Moniak garnered 235 of 328 votes (72%). He was the Phillies #1 pick in the 2016 Rule 4 Draft. Roman Quinn finished second with 29 votes (9%).
Mickey Moniak was the Phillies’ surprise first overall selection in the 2016 Amateur Draft. I don’t think any of us predicted his selection.
Moniak lived up to the lofty selection with a solid .284/.340/.409/.749 slash. I was very fortunate to watch Moniak’s inaugural season in the GCL. I saw all his home at bats and some of his road ABs. I saw his first professional hit, a single in his second game against the Yankees in Tampa. His first home run at the Complex against the Tigers. The feature picture with this article is a triple Moniak hit in Dunedin against the Blue Jays (his first), left-center I think.
I remember my first conversation with Moniak. I asked him the correct pronunciation of his last name (Moan -e- ak) because I had heard three. He had heard “money-ak”, but mon-e-ak (as in a Jamaican “hey, mon”) was one he hadn’t heard.
Anyway, the kid has a nice swing. He starts his “load” from a position I hadn’t seen before. His hands start chest high but not as far back as a lot of stances I’ve seen. I’m not saying it was bad or wrong, just different enough that even I noticed. It didn’t hurt his swing, his stride into the pitch brings his hands into a correct slot. This probably led to a lot of his contact going to the left side. As he grew more accustomed to GCL level pitching, Moniak began showing gap-to-gap power.
After a couple caught stealings early in the season (one of which might have been called incorrectly), Moniak showed good base stealing ability. He has enough speed and smarts take the extra base and to go from first-to-third/second-to-home. No station-to-station base running here.
Moniak is rated with above average speed (60). I can’t say I saw it in the field due to the few amount of chances he had during the games I watched. Too small of a sample size for me to have an opinion one way or another. He made all the plays he was supposed to, it’s just that none stood out. His only error came on a ground single by Bo Bichette, a throwing error. I think he missed the cutoff and Bichette reached second.
Moniak looks to have that “it” factor that scouts look for, too. He shows little emotion when calls go against him, which is quite a feat with the uneven umpiring you see in rookie ball. I watch most of his ABs from facing him or behind the plate. The worst calls might get an eye roll or sideways glance. I only saw him look back at an umpire once (on a called strike on an inside pitch) and even then it was camouflaged with some other movements so that he didn’t show up the ump.
Moniak took part in a strength and conditioning program the Phillies held in Clearwater this fall and is reported to have gained 20 pounds. He signed at 6’2, 185 lbs. So, 205 lbs on his frame portends additional power.
Moniak looks like a great pick by the MacPhail/Klentak regime. He is already rated the 24th best prospect by MLB. He is two spots behind highly touted Yankees prospect Aaron Judge. He is the highest rated prospect out of the 2016 draft.
Sorry for rambling on. I warned you at the start of the polling process that I’m partial to the young guys I see in Clearwater.
Next up is your selection for the #4 prospect in the organization.
Poll to date –
- J.P. Crawford
- Jorge Alfaro
- Mickey Moniak
FYI, I’m not going to be able to get every deserving prospect into the poll. Below is a sketchy schedule of who could show up in the remaining polls, and when you can expect to see them. This isn’t etched in stone. Just a rough estimation. I want to get all the requests listed (the ones in bold), but I might have second thoughts on some of them.
Right now, I’m considering a poll to select all remaining poll additions. If I can bring the concept into fruition quickly without too much work, I’ll try and do one this week. Expect it to be lengthy, blind, and with multiple choices. In the meantime, here’s a possible schedule:
After Poll #3 – Daniel Brito, Edgar Garcia, Alberto Tirado,
After Poll #8 – JoJo Romero, Victor Arano, Jose Pujols, Deivy Grullon, Ben Lively,
After Poll #12 – Carlos Tocci, Malquin Canelo, Andrew Anderson, Jesse Valentin.
After Poll #16 – Cameron Perkins, Andrew Pullin, Harold Arauz, Tyler Viza,
After Poll #21 – Logan Moore, Austin Bossart, Seranthony Dominguez, Cole Irvin, Bailey Falter,
After Poll #26 – Felix Paulino, Kyle Young, Nick Fanti, Rafael Marchan, Jordan Kurokawa
On the fence – Mauricio Llovera, Jose Taveras, Blake Quinn, Carlos Indriago, Randy Alcantara, Justin Miller, Luis Carrasco, Joe DeNato, Ismael Cabrera, Grant Dyer, Tyler Gilbert, Ranger Suarez, Josh Stephen,
On the berm – Aaron Brown, Tom Windle, Kyle Martin, Brock Stassi, Chace Numata, Mitch Walding, Alexis Rivero, Jesen Therrien, Miguel Nunez, Matt Hockenberry, Ulises Joaquin, Mark Laird, Zack Coppola, Joshua Tobias, Grenny Cumana, Jiandido Tromp, Damek Tomscha, Will Hibbs, Scott Harris, Jesus Alastre, Brett Barbier, Darick Hall, Lenin Rodriguez, Rodolfo Duran, Daniel Garner, Jose Antequera, Andrew Brown, Jose Nin, Mark Leiter, Jeff Singer, Matt Imhof, Brandon Leibrandt, Cord Sandberg, Greg Pickett, Lucas Williams, Sutter McLoughlin, Luke Leftwich,