Phillies need Mickey Moniak to quell centerfield disaster

Mickey Moniak #16 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images)
Mickey Moniak #16 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Douglas P. DeFelice/Getty Images) /
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Adam Haseley #40 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

Since Roman Quinn is in his fifth season in red pinstripes, the Phillies know who he is and where his value lies, excelling as a pinch-runner. While he’s never been a particularly good hitter, he’s also never been quite this bad. His inability to get on base has also rendered his biggest asset to the team utterly useless.

Adam Haseley hasn’t been much better. He’s slashed .190/.190/.238 with just four hits. He’s also been horrendous in the field — most recently misjudging a ball that was hit right to him on Tuesday night. The mistake ended up being an egregious error that helped the New York Mets throw three runs on the board and never look back, winning 4-0.

Who will play center field for the Phillies now?

The Phillies recently made a surprising move when they announced that Haseley was placed on the restricted list. When a player is placed there, they are not paid and do not accrue service time. Further, it’s a move that must be approved by the Commissioner of Major League Baseball.

I won’t speculate as to what is going on with Haseley. He deserves his privacy and hopefully fans, the team, and media give it to him. However, I do want to extend my best wishes to him and hope he comes back stronger than ever.

Filling Haseley’s spot on the 26-man roster is Mickey Moniak. The former No. 1 overall pick has largely struggled at every level of his professional career thus far. However, he recently had a terrific spring training and looked like a different player. There is no way of knowing quite yet if those results will translate into the regular season, but it is encouraging.