Mickey Moniak was your selection as the #9 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.
Moniak received 95 of 320 votes (30%). JoJo Romero finished second (82, 26%), Darick Hall finished third (64, 20%), and Roman Quinn finished fourth (44, 14%). Fourteen players split the remaining 35 votes.
When the discussion turns to Phillies prospects, there is no more polarizing prospect in the organization than Mickey Moniak. Many feel the need to point out his failings or extol his virtues. So, I am going to break with tradition and not list his yearly stats and accomplishments, or lack there of.
Instead. Let me introduce this.
Many of you would concede that the Phillies sought to parlay the 2016 draft bonus windfall that came with the worst record by signing as many skilled, young players as possible.
I recall that the draft was considered weak because it didn’t include a Harper or Starsburg at the top of the draft board. I don’t recall if it was considered deep. I think not. But I’m not sure.
In retrospect, the Phillies plan seems to have been to overpay to induce players to forego college commitments. After saving almost $3M on the first overall pick (Mickey Moniak), the Phillies went over slot for picks 2 through 5 (Kevin Gowdy, Cole Stobbe, JoJo Romero, and Cole Irvin) . They paid full slot for picks 6 and 9 David Martinelli and Blake Quinn), and almost full slot for picks 7 and 8 (Henri Lartigue and Grant Dyer). They saved a little on 10 when they only paid half slot (Julian Garcia).
The Phillies also made an effort to sign their prep selections. Their first 3 picks were prep stars. Picks 11, 12, 13, and 22 ( Josh Stephen, Justin Miller, Andrew Brown, and Kyle Young) were also from the high school ranks. These were the highest seven high school picks by the Phillies that year and they signed them all. These four at or over the $100K slot for picks after ten.
So, that is a partial back story here. I think those of you who judge, might want to consider rating Mickey Moniak as a first round pick rather than expecting him to be the best overall player in the draft. This won’t change the way you feel about a disappointing season. But it should alter the measures he’s held against.
He was a very good player in high school. He performed well in the Gulf Coast League. He’ll likely be a very good player again.
It’s not his fault that the Phillies didn’t pick the “best overall player” in the draft (whoever that might have been) or the guy that you wanted. I remember our discussions. Moniak’s name never came up pre-draft. Guys talked about included that pitcher from Oklahoma (Hansen?) who bombed early in the season. The pitcher from Florida (Puk). Stanford (Quantrill). The prep arms from Kansas (Pint) and New Jersey (Groome). And hitters from Mercer (Lewis), Tennessee (Senzel) and Louisville (Ray). The guy I liked was a prep kid from Kansas, Joey Wentz. The Braves got him in the CBA round.
Now, about the little feud over the way I monitor comments. I’ve thought about it this over the weekend. I have decided to not allow a couple of new commenters to change site policy. I don’t want to see anyone turn Phuture Phillies into one of those sites that allows bullying, rudeness, and vulgar language. There were dozens of banned accounts when I took over. So, it’s not like this something new that I instituted. Don’t like it? Tough. Go troll somewhere else.
Next up is your selection for the #10 prospect in the organization with Simon Muzziotti, Jose Taveras, Andrew Pullin, and Arquimedes Gamboa added to the poll.
2018 Readers’ Poll, so far –
- Sixto Sanchez
- Scott Kingery
- J.P. Crawford
- Jhailyn Ortiz
- Jorge Alfaro
- Adam Haseley
- Adonis Medina
- Franklyn Kilome
- Mickey Moniak