Phillies first-round picks a mixed bag of results in 2017
By John Town
2016: Mickey Moniak
The Phillies hit rock bottom in 2015, finishing 63-99 with the worst record in all of baseball. They “earned” the first pick in the 2016 draft, using it to select California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak.
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While Moniak has all the tools to dream about, he hasn’t put the best results on the field this year. His slash line is a benign .256/.306/.364 while walking just 6.1 percent of the time and striking out nearly 21 percent of the time. Moniak has gone 9-for-15 in stolen base attempts, scored 51 runs, and driven in 39 runners.
Moniak was the first overall pick and has plenty of potential, but the on-field results have to match soon.
In fairness, he is just 19 years old playing in a league full of guys several years older than him, so expecting him to light the world on fire may be a little too much.