Phillies: Five Bold Predictions for Spring Training

CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 19: Manager Joe Girardi #25 of the Philadelphia Phillies poses for a portrait during photo day at Spectrum Field on February 19, 2020 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
CLEARWATER, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 19: Manager Joe Girardi #25 of the Philadelphia Phillies poses for a portrait during photo day at Spectrum Field on February 19, 2020 in Clearwater, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /
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Mickey Moniak, Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images) /

Mickey Moniak will turn heads.

The Phillies first overall pick in 2016 had himself a pretty solid year in AA Reading last season.

Mickey Moniak slashed .252/.303./.439 while upping his home run total to eleven after hitting five the previous year. Moniak was also working walks more and swinging less outside of the zone upping his walk rate from 4.7% in 2018 to 6.5% in 2019.

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Last season he tied his professional career-best with 117 hits, 28 doubles, while topping his career-best with 13 triples, 11 home runs, 67 RBIs, 33 walks, 15 stolen bases and had an OPS 54 points higher than in 2018.

There is a lot to be excited about for him, he has been growing as a player every season and he should only get better.

When evaluating Moniak, you have to remember he is only 21 years old, drafted out of high school by the Phillies a few years back.

MLB.com had high praise when profiling Moniak before the draft.

"“Moniak makes consistent hard contact against high level competition. He has a good approach at the plate and can spray line drives to all fields. Moniak has more doubles power now, but there’s room in his frame to add strength. His above average speed works on both sides of the ball, and some see a future Gold Glove caliber center fielder. Moniak gets high marks for his baseball instincts and effort."

He will get a taste of AAA action in the 2020 season. But he has a chance to make a name for himself early by showing off his skill in spring training games.

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