Mickey Moniak hasn’t exactly lived up to the high expectations typically attached to a No. 1 overall draft pick, but he’s made some progress this season. The 21-year-old is hitting .256 with a career-best .417 slugging-percentage in 62 games for Double-A Reading. Not bad, although he could stand to improve on his .300 on-base percentage that is weighed down by a pretty brutal 5.8% walk-rate. The Phillies, an organization that values on-base skills, probably do not love that number.
Anyway, this isn’t the minor league prospect report, so let’s get to the point. Moniak made a big-time play late in Reading’s 2-1 win over Harrisburg yesterday, robbing the Senators’ Luis Sardinas of a homer.
So Mickey Moniak did a thing today … Like a home run robbing thing … This was pretty sweet pic.twitter.com/Tr7oDvN0aI
— Mitch Rupert (@Mitch_Rupert) June 17, 2019
Hell of a play and one that reveals the speed and athleticism the Phillies hoped Moniak could harness when they selected him over No. 2 pick Nick Senzel, who, of course, has an .806 OPS in 37 games with the Reds this season.
On the bright side, we may see Moniak in Philadelphia sometime soon. We’re about two more injured outfielders away from his major league debut.
Just kidding, I think.