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September 25, 2020 04:48 PM
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Returns to alternate site
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Moniak was optioned to the Phillies' alternate training site Friday.

Moniak has served as outfield depth for the Phillies recently but will return to the alternate training site ahead of the final series of the regular season. The 22-year-old is 3-for-14 with four walks and six strikeouts in his first 18 major-league plate appearances.

September 22, 2020 12:08 AM
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Scores lone run
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Moniak went 1-for-3 with a walk and run scored Monday against the Nationals.

Moniak reached base in the fifth inning on a walk, and he would later score Philadelphia's only run on a balk. The 22-year-old is now 2-for-12 with four walks and three runs scored through the first six major-league games of his career. He should continue to serve as outfield depth for the Phillies as the regular season winds down.

September 21, 2020 03:32 PM
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Back in big leagues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Moniak was recalled by the Phillies on Monday.

Moniak appeared in the first five games of his big-league career last week and didn't do much at the plate, going 1-for-9 with three walks. He was optioned Sunday but returns one day later with Heath Hembree landing on the 10-day injured list in a corresponding move. Moniak will likely spend most of his time on the bench while he remains with the team.

September 20, 2020 01:44 PM
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Sent to alternate site
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Phillies optioned Moniak to their alternate training site Sunday.

Moniak appeared in five games during his first big-league callup period, going 1-for-9 with three walks and two runs scored. In a corresponding move, the Phillies called up right-handed pitcher Adonis Medina, who will start Sunday's game against the Blue Jays in his MLB debut.

September 16, 2020 06:12 PM
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Officially called up by Philly
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Moniak had his contract selected by the Phillies on Wednesday, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.

The 2016 No. 1 overall pick will make his way to the majors for the first time with Philadelphia in need of outfield depth after Kyle Garlick (oblique) landed on the injured list. Moniak is expected to fill a reserve role during his time with the team. He had a .252/.303/.439 slash line in 119 games at Double-A last season.

September 16, 2020 03:44 PM
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Callup appears imminent
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Moniak is expected to be called up from the Phillies' alternate training site prior to Wednesday's game against the Mets, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

The 2016 No. 1 overall pick hasn't quite lived up to his draft pedigree since entering the professional ranks, but his .252/.303/.439 slash line over 119 games in the Eastern League last season at least amounted to a step forward at the plate for the 22-year-old. Even so, Moniak probably isn't big-league ready at this point, but the Phillies are in need of reinforcement in the outfield after Kyle Garlick (oblique) went down with an injury in Tuesday's win over the Mets. If Moniak does in fact receive a promotion, look for him to serve as a fourth or fifth outfielder for the club in the short term.

August 30, 2020 05:36 PM
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Nabs spot in roster pool
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Phillies added Moniak (knee) to their 60-man roster pool Sunday, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.

Moniak's addition to the pool is an indication that he's moved past the knee injury that he suffered in late July. The 22-year-old had been conducting his rehab at the Phillies' spring training site in Clearwater, Fla. since suffering the injury, but he'll now be allowed to return to the organization's alternate training site in Lehigh Valley. Barring a number of personnel losses to the Philadelphia outfield, Moniak isn't expected to receive a big-league callup in 2020.

August 10, 2020 02:40 PM
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Dealing with knee injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Moniak has been sidelined at the Phillies' alternate training site since late July with a knee injury, Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia reports.

The No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 first-year player draft isn't a serious candidate to join the Phillies' 28-man active roster this season, but the knee injury will nonetheless rob him of some important developmental time in simulated games at Lehigh Valley. Moniak has since moved to the Phillies' spring training facility in Clearwater to receive treatment for the injury, and it's unclear when he'll be ready to return to Lehigh Valley for workouts. Moniak spent the 2019 campaign with Double-A Reading, slashing .252/.303/.439 with 11 home runs and 15 stolen bases across 503 plate appearances.

March 27, 2020 06:24 PM
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Looks good in spring games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Moniak hit .353/.500/.588 in his 22 Grapefruit League appearances.

Perhaps most impressive for Moniak were his five walks, as he's yet to record a walk rate higher than 6.5 percent at any minor-league stop thus far. The 21-year-old's prospect pedigree isn't nearly what it was when he was drafted first overall back in 2016, but his 115 wRC+ for Double-A Reading suggested that he's finally turning a corner. He'll presumably head to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to open this season but could make his big-league debut before the end of the campaign if his progress continues.

January 13, 2020 03:24 PM
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Receives big-league camp invite
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Moniak was invited to the Phillies' major-league spring training Monday.

Moniak's development slowed slightly in 2019 after he missed several weeks with a strained hamstring, but he still managed to show some signs of improvement last season. The 21-year-old hit a career-high 11 home runs with 15 stolen bases over 119 games in his first year with Double-A Reading, but his batting average dropped 18 points to .252. That's not necessarily what would be expected from a first overall pick (2016), but he'll get the chance to work with the major-league coaching staff in the spring and could make his debut sometime in 2020 if he can refine his overall performance.

July 12, 2019 11:32 AM
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Back from injury
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Moniak (hamstring) returned from the 7-day injured list with Double-A Reading on Thursday, Mike Drago of the Reading Eagle reports.

Moniak hasn't played since the end of June due to a strained hamstring. He'd shown significantly improved performance prior to suffering the injury, though his .266/.324/.437 line still isn't necessarily what one would expect from the first overall pick in the 2016 draft.

July 4, 2019 05:12 PM
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Out with strained hamstring
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Moniak was placed on the minor-league injured list at Double-A Reading with a hamstring strain, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.

The severity of the injury is not yet clear. The 21-year-old still doesn't look like a player who deserved to have been picked first overall back in 2016, but he's finally showing some signs of life as a prospect. His .266/.324/.437 slash line is good for a 121 wRC+, the first time he's been above 100 in that category since 2016. The Phillies have handled his development slowly and methodically, never promoting him in the middle of a season, so it's unlikely he has a chance to debut this season even if he returns from his injury soon and continues his solid performance

September 8, 2018 12:56 PM
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Shows sustainable changes in second half
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Moniak's second-half improvements can be traced to a change in approach, Ben Harris of The Athletic Philadelphia reports.

After posting a .592 OPS in his first 54 games of the season, the 2016 first overall pick put up a much more respectable .774 OPS over his final 59 games. Several factors contributed to his improvement. He tripled his walk rate up to around seven percent while cutting his strikeout rate from 27 percent to 18 percent. His combined fly ball and line drive rate, which sat below 35 percent for the first three months of the season, was up to 42 percent in August. He also began pulling the ball more often. That combination of changes -- a better eye and a shift towards pulling the ball in the air -- is one that commonly sticks and improves a player's profile, so it could be the shift needed to put him back on the map as a legitimate prospect and unlock the potential that had seemed lost in Moniak.

August 15, 2018 06:36 PM
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Showing considerable improvement
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Moniak has hit a strong .319/.382/.531 over his last 30 games for High-A Clearwater.

Over that stretch, the young outfielder has walked 9.9 percent of the time while posting a 14.5 percent strikeout rate, significant improvement after he walked just 5.5 percent of the time last season while striking out at a 21.4 percent clip. Moniak's awful start to the season means his overall line is still poor (.266/.301/.380), and he's homered just four times in 101 games, but he's finally starting to tap into some of the potential that the Phillies saw when they drafted him first overall back in 2016. He still has a long way to go in order to live up his draft position, but he's at least no longer looking like a total non-prospect.

August 1, 2018 05:13 PM
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Tallies three doubles
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Moniak went 3-for-4 with three doubles for High-A Clearwater in its 4-2 win over Tampa on Tuesday.

It was the second three-hit performance in four games for Moniak, who closed out July with a .277/.336/.489 slash line and 13 extra-base hits. Though he's trending upward after a dismal start to his season in the Florida State League, Moniak's lack of pop and poor on-base skills hinder his long-term outlook. The 2016 No. 1 overall pick doesn't currently profile as a big-league starting outfielder and no longer looks like an intriguing asset in dynasty settings.

July 20, 2018 04:08 PM
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Finally showing plate discipline
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Moniak has seven walks in his last 11 games for High-A Clearwater, hitting a strong .282/.404/.564 overall.

Moniak walked just five times in his first 66 games, so even after his recent display of plate discipline his walk rate still sits at an anemic 3.9 percent. The 20-year-old has looked overmatched all season by a surprisingly aggressive assignment to High-A, hitting just .244/.276/.338 in 77 games. He'll need to continue his hot streak for quite some time to justify the assignment and begin to reach the potential that led the Phillies to draft him first overall in 2016.

June 15, 2018 05:04 PM
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Back in action
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Moniak (illness) returned to the lineup for High-A Clearwater on Thursday, going 3-for-4 with a double, three RBI and two runs scored.

An unspecified illness cost Moniak a week, but the 2016 first overall pick returned for Clearwater's final game before the Florida State League All-Star break. The overall numbers for Moniak are ugly and his dynasty-league stock has taken a significant hit, but he has picked it up of late, slashing .345/.361/.500 with a homer and a couple steals in his last 15 games.

June 8, 2018 06:04 PM
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Out of Friday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Moniak is out of Friday's lineup for High-A Clearwater with an illness, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

He left Wednesday's game early, so there was some concern that he may have suffered an injury, but that does not appear to be the case. Moniak is hitting just .244/.263/.307 with one home run, four steals and a horrific 55:5 K:BB in 214 plate appearances this season.

April 30, 2018 10:12 PM
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Struggles continue at High-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Moniak is struggling again through his first month for High-A Clearwater, The Athletic Philadelphia reports.

Moniak was promoted to High-A Clearwater to start the 2018 season despite a poor showing for Low-A Lakewood last season (.236/.284/.341 in 123 games). He's fared even worse in his first 22 games for Clearwater, hitting just .213/.228/.258, good for a 33 wRC+. It's not particularly surprising to see a 19-year-old struggle at High-A, but the extent of Moniak's struggles is disconcerting for a top overall pick (2016). Pitchers clearly aren't afraid of his bat, which has posted a meager .045 ISO, so he's walking just 2.2 percent of the time. His ability to handle center field keeps the bar on his bat fairly low, but his performances so far in his professional career have given little reason to believe he'll be able to hit enough for an everyday role in the big leagues.

April 20, 2018 02:04 PM
Phillies' Mickey Moniak: Showing little power at High-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Moniak recorded three base hits in five plate appearances Thursday for High-A Clearwater in the affiliate's 10-3 loss to Charlotte.

It was the first multi-hit effort of the season for Moniak, but those holding the 2016 No. 1 overall pick in dynasty settings shouldn't view the performance as a breakthrough outing. Per Vincent Lara-Cinisomo of, only one of Moniak's three knocks was a line-drive hit, underscoring the lack of power the 19-year-old has shown to this point in his professional career. Only two of Moniak's 11 hits this season have gone for extra bases, limiting the outfielder to a weak .464 OPS. That mark is actually 161 points worse than the OPS that Moniak posted for Low-A Lakewood in 2017, when he finished with an 80 wRC+.

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2016R-GCL Phillies4617627501141281135104.284.340.409
2017AFX-Lakewood BlueClaws1234665311022654428109117.236.284.341
2018AFA-Clearwater Threshers114433501172835552210065.270.304.383
2019AAX-Reading Fightin Phil119465631172813116733111153.252.303.439

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