19-Year-Old Outfielder – Philadelphia Phillies
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
"Safe" and "high floor" are dangerous words to throw around regarding high school prospects, but that was the selling point when the Phillies selected Moniak with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 dr...
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."
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Philadelphia Phillies Roster
MajorsAlfaro, Jorge (C)
AACanelo, Malquin (SS)
A+Arauz, Harold (P)
ABrito, Daniel (2B)
RookieGarcia, Luis (SS)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
The first overall pick in the 2016 draft was considered one of the top high school bats available, bringing superb contact skills along with exceptional speed. His potential plus-plus hit tool, noteworthy speed and good defense in center field give him a solid floor as a fantasy prospect, but his value will be limited if he does not develop more power as he fills out. After signing, Moniak started at the Gulf Coast League, where he hit .284/.340/.409 with a home run and 10 steals in 176 at-bats. A hip injury, which was believed to be caused by fatigue, sidelined him for some of the instructional league in October, but he returned to the field before play ended. The Phillies will likely start Moniak off at Low-A Lakewood this season and keep him there the entire year.