Phuture Phillies 2019 Reader Poll #7 – Mickey Moniak

Mickey Moniak was your selection as the #7 prospect in the Phillies’ organization.

Moniak received 53 of the 199 votes cast (26.63%).  He edged JoJo Romero who received 51 votes (25.63%).  Enyel De Los Santos received 28 votes (14.07%), Jhailyn Ortiz received 22 votes (11.06%), and Cole Irvin received 11 votes (5.53%).  Sixteen guys shared the remaining 34 votes.

Mickey Moniak was the Phillies first round selection in the 2016 Amateur Draft.  He signed out of high school on June 21, 2016.

Moniak was part of the 2016 championship GCL team.  He posted a .284/.340/.409/.749 slash in 46 games, 194 late appearances.  He stroked 11 doubles, 4 triples, and a HR with a team high RBI.  He tied for the team lead with 10 stolen bases.

Moniak spent the 2017 season with Lakewood as one of the youngest players in the league.  His season was a tale of two halves.  He started strong and had a good first half (.270/.328/.392/.721) but tired in the second half and finished with a .236/.284/.341/.625 slash in 123 games, 509 plate appearances.  He had 22 doubles, 6 triples, and 5 HR with 44 RBI.

Moniak prepared well in the off season and had a great spring that led to an opening day assignment to Clearwater where he was once again one of the youngest players in the league.  Again, his season was a tale of two halves.  Moniak posted a .254/.272/.321/.592 slash in the first half.  His first half was affected by migraines attributed to impacted molars (I think, this won’t show up in a transaction log since he wasn’t placed on the DL, but he played in just one game between June 6th and 23rd).

Moniak rebounded with a .286/.332/.442/.774 slash in the second half.  He had just 12 XBH in the first half (11 doubles, 1 HR) and 24 XBH in the second half (17 doubles, 3 triples, 4 HR).  His walks increased from 5 to 17 and his strike outs shrunk from 56 to 44.

Rather than fade in this second half, Moniak closed out the season from July 26 thru the end of the season (31 games, 132 PA) with a .333/.379/.488/.867 slash with 12 doubles, 2 triples, 13 RBI, 9 walks, and just 15 strike outs.

I expect Moniak to start in Reading this season.

The poll for the #8 prospect will be posted in a separate thread.

Here are the complete results for the #7 poll.

24 thoughts on “Phuture Phillies 2019 Reader Poll #7 – Mickey Moniak

  1. I have been hard on Moniak. But a scout that I really respect is very high on him. Said he made a swing adjustment in second half. Details here

    Had good results.

    I hope that he added more weight, strength this off-season and crushes it this year. But I didn’t have him this high on my list.

    1. Here is his write-up

      6. Mickey Moniak, OF

      Age: 20 (5/13/98)

      Level: A+

      .270/.304/.383, 5 HR, .113 ISO, 95 w RC+4.7% BB, 21.5% K, 6 SB

      Perception vs. reality. Being 1.1 and struggling as a teenager in 2017 and the first half of 2018 has soured people on Moniak. I was in that camp as well and was public about Moniak needing to make some serious adjustments with his approach and swing in order to salvage his career. He did that. Since July 1: .297/.347/.470, 4 HR, .173 ISO, 131 wRC+, 7.6% BB, 16% K. Furthermore, as I watched him throughout the season, he looked physically stronger in the second half.

      Player development is about checking off the boxes. Moniak checked a lot of boxes in 2018. From April-June, he consistently dropped his back shoulder, was out on his front foot, and had no chance to hit fastballs much less drive off-speed. From July-September, his swing was much more balanced. he allowed the ball to get deeper before committing and was able to make consistent hard contact on both fastballs and breaking balls. While he may never hit for power and he may never reach the ceiling and hype of being the first overall pick, the strides he made in the second half should start to alleviate the “bust” talk. ETA: 2021

  2. Glad to see Mickey Mo get the bump up in the rankings. The young man’s character was tested and he fought through the adversity. Whether he becomes what most think a 1-1 pick should be is less important than having a prospect who could return to being a top 5 in the system by year’s end, and by merit. Haseley has 2 years on him and is currently further along, certainly. But Moniak may well turn out to be a bigger impact player at the major league level.

  3. I think the second half is when he turned the corner.
    The impacted wisdom teeth extractions in the second week of June, prior to that, may have had a bearing on his strength.
    Should be a very good prospect with added strength going forward and the better swing.

  4. In todays MLB you have to have serious bat to ball skills and serious command of the strike zone. When I listen to pitchers like Ottavino and Bauer talk about the depth of information they are starting to process on each player’s heat zones and count probabilities my mind gets blown.

    I’m hopeful that Mickey’s adjustments at the back half of last season prove out that he has those skills and the grit necessary to become a solid MLB player.

    Congrats MM

  5. I am rooting hard for him, and was very encouraged by his second half last year. He adds speed and D, so I am looking forward to his season this year. I had JoJo, but can’t quibble.

  6. Mickey Moniak (July 1 to end of season): .297/.347/.470 – 7.6%BB, 16%K, .173ISO
    Cornelius Randolph (July 1 to end of season): .314/.391/.434 – 10%BB, 14%K, .120 ISO

    I get the positional difference and agree that MM is the better prospect right now, but I don’t understand how most prospect lists have Moniak in the 6-12 range and Randolph not in the top 30. If Moniak’s second half means he turned a corner offensively, doesn’t it mean Randolph did too?

    1. That ISO gap is enormous, especially when you are talking about a poor LFer playing in Reading and an ok CFer playing in the FSL. Randolph’s last two months are encouraging given where he was, but you can’t put up that lack of power in a corner outfield spot.

      1. That’s true, but Randolph showed a reasonable amount of power the year before in Clearwater. The ISO dropped because he stopped hitting the ball in the air last year.

        1. I don’t agree with Randolph not being in the top-30 either. I have him somewhere in the mid to late teens but he does need to hit for power.

        2. They were also making changes to his stance and his swing to try to tap into some power, perhaps there’s still more in there. I’ve got him at 24. Like to see ‘C’ start in Reading again and follow up with his second half numbers from last year with some increase in power numbers in power-friendly America’s Classic Ballpark. The LF-only thing is a big problem, else we have Steve Susdorf (whom I love, but not a prospect.)

      2. Matt, I have to say that I’ve gotten to the point where I am only mildly interested in other prospect reviews that are written but wait all off season to see yours, which are so much more thorough and detailed than any of the others. On top of that you do the top 50 players, which is great. I can’t wait to see what you have to say this year.

  7. Big year for moniak
    can he keep up the momentum from 2nd half of the year and start driving the ball more even if its more doubles .?
    also, given his skill set at the plate, he really needs to be a top level defensive CF to really have an impact

    1. I don’t know what qualifies him as just an “ok CF”, but Moniak put up a .996 Fld% in 932 innings, 234 total chances, 1 error, and 6 outfield assists in Clearwater last season. (Granted his CF only numbers were a bit lower .995 Fld% in 842 total chances, his only error, and 5 outfield assists.)

      1. For those of us who don’t get to see him on a regular basis, how is his range in CF?

  8. Like all of you. Rooting for Mickey. I would start him at Clearwater to elliviate him from the April weather in Reading

    1. Don, I assume you are not the executive director of the Reading Chamber of Commerce.

      1. I’m rooting for good weather in April in Reading, and that they keep Mickey moving. And yes, I’m a season ticket holder, and Executive Director of section Blue-7. 😉

  9. It appears that these prospects reflect BA and BR prospects supported by $$ at Draft position not supported by length of time in Milb or years
    of statistical support.
    One has 9 starts, era 4.45 and 28 total innings not to mention he’s another of a long list right handers
    One has pitched 9 innings in 3 years because of injuries with 0-1 and 4 era. Why consider these when you have players like Llovera, Irvin have shown there potential
    One of thes has logged

    1. Look at stats for these pitchers listed as prospects. Not only very young but
      Win loss in Milb only 1 of 7 has winner
      ERA 2 of 7 at or above 2.54
      Innings pitched 2 of 7 logged more than 30 innings
      Looks like this prospect list S/B NewBe Prospect

      Post ReL Prospect

    2. We have this debate constantly but evaluation is based on more than what numbers they have posted in the minors. It’s also a question of what skills do they have, age vs. level, etc.

      Also, length of time spent in the minors isn’t necessarily a good thing since the better prospects tend to move through the system, not spend time there.

      As for Irvin, I think he’s a top-10 prospect and should be picked within the next couple of picks. Llovera is also a RH starter, will be 23 in 2019 and hasn’t pitched above A-ball yet. He posted solid numbers pitching is a pitcher’s league and I think he’s somewhere in the top-20 but not above anyone who has been selected so far.

  10. I still like Irwin better than Romero but both seem like quality prospects.
    On draft day I liked Irwin better due to proximity and assumed his FB velocity was returning to pre-inury status . Romero was more projection.
    As of now, Irwin had success already at AAA which I value more than the similar success Romero had a lower levels. Since Romero is younger he is still on similar track.
    Though Romero is younger I do not see an area for significant improvement that projects him as anything more than mid rotation starter. Which is my same good case scenario for Irwin.
    Due to his years, Irwin is not on 40man, and likely will not be until Sept, but otherwise I could see him as the possible ‘lefty starter’ than the Phillies ‘need’ in 2019.

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