Saturday, June 11, 2016
Phillies Select Moniak with First Overall Pick
On Thursday night, the Phillies' futility in 2015 paid off with the first overall pick in the annual amateur player draft. After months of speculation about who the first pick would be (A.J. Puk? Jason Groome?) the Phillies chose outfiedler Mickey Moniak from La Costa Canyon High School in California. Moniak joins Pat Burrell (drafted in 1998) in the exclusive Phillies #1 Overall Draft Pick Club.
The 18-year-old Moniak, who graduated from high school yesterday, and the Phillies hope to reach a deal as soon as possible. The next two picks by the Phillies were high school pitcher Kevin Gowdy (#42 overall) and high school shortstop Cole Stobbe.
Only time will tell if these draft picks pan out, and until Moniak has his official debut in a Chachi set around 2022 or so he'll just have to settle for this limited edition Chachi Almost card.
2014 Draft - Aaron Nola
2015 Draft - Cornelius Randolph
2016 Draft - Mickey Moniak