Phillies select prep outfielder Mickey Moniak

After months of speculation, the Philadelphia Phillies have selected California prep outfielder Mickey Moniak with the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 MLB First-Year Player Draft.

A 6-foot-2, 190-pound left-handed swinging centerfielder, Moniak is a line drive hitter who uses the entire field and consistently makes hard contact. While he has more doubles power right now, he has room to grow and add strength.

Moniak also has above-average speed that works on both sides of the ball, which should allow him to stick in centerfield.

Florida left-handed pitcher A.J. Puk and Mercer outfielder Kyle Lewis were potential options at the No. 1 overall pick, but the Phillies opted for the top prep position player in the 2016 draft class.

Read my feature article on Mickey Moniak from earlier in the year here.

You can find more MLB Draft coverage here.

Dan Zielinski III
Dan Zielinski III
Dan Zielinski III is the creator of the Baseball Prospect Journal and has covered the MLB draft since 2015. His draft work originally appeared on, a sports website he started in December 2011. He also covered the Milwaukee Brewers as a member of the credentialed media for four years. Follow him on Twitter @DanZielinski3.

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