Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Year of adjustment to offspeed stuff
Moniak's biggest challenge in 2017 was adjusting to how opposing pitchers attacked him, Kyle Glaser of Baseball America reports. "He got thrown into the fire as an 18-year-old hitting third in the South Atlantic League," Low-A Lakewood manager Marty Malloy said. "But he's made adjustments at the plate. He's getting pitched differently at times than in the beginning where people didn't know him. Now he's learning to see pitches better and get in hitters counts, and when he gets in hitters counts not to miss the pitch."
After pitchers realized they couldn't couldn't beat Moniak with fastballs, they adjusted to a diet of offspeed offerings. That's when he started to slide. While there were times when he's laid off the offspeed stuff, it hasn't been consistent and Moniak struggled during the second half, batting just .201 after the All-Star break. Still only 19, Moniak has plenty of time to educate himself on pitch recognition and sequencing.
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