It’s a make-or-break season for these Phillies hitters

Mar 9, 2021; Dunedin, Florida, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Scott Kingery (4) strikes out during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at TD Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 9, 2021; Dunedin, Florida, USA; Philadelphia Phillies second baseman Scott Kingery (4) strikes out during the third inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at TD Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Mickey Moniak #16 of the Philadelphia Phillies (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) /

Mickey Moniak

Mickey Moniak wasn’t just the Phillies’ first-round pick in 2016, he was the first overall pick in that year’s draft.

However, he struggled to live up to the absurd expectations that come with being the #1 pick, which is understandable. Since his debut in 2020, he’s hit a lowly .128/.241/.191 with a .432 OPS and just one home run

In his last three spring training games, he’s hit three.

After working with new hitting coach Kevin Long for just a couple of weeks, Moniak looks like a new man at the plate and says the adjustments they’ve made “worked wonders.” The results are evident and have Joe Girardi rethinking his outfield configuration.

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