Phillies Gulf Coast League Fall in GCL Championship to End Season
By John Town
Outfielders Mickey Moniak and Jhaiyln Ortiz each made their debut in the Phillies’ system with the GCL Phillies
Like most other No. 1 overall selections, there is plenty of hype surrounding outfielder Mickey Moniak. He is the “shiny new toy” in the Phillies farm system, and has high expectations surrounding him.
Rather than re-writing George’s article from Tuesday on Moniak, I’ll link you and give you the broad strokes if you’re too lazy to click that link. So far, Moniak has produced mixed results out of the leadoff spot, making solid contact while putting the ball all over the field.
However, the 18-year old has walked at a less than ideal rate. In addition, his isolated power of .125 indicates below-average power at the plate. Power is the one tool that Moniak still needs to develop, and it showed this year.
The Phillies’ top international signee from 2015, outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz made his debut in the organization this year with the GCL Phillies. He is the No. 21 prospect in the Phillies system according to MLB.com.
Ortiz flashed his signature power, leading the team with eight home runs and finishing third in the GCL. He swung hard and missed hard, striking out nearly 27% of the time.
In addition, Ortiz may have found his calling out in right field. He played 255.2 innings there, making just three errors in that span. Ortiz’s power profiles out well in right, and so far he’s done nothing to warrant moving him.
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