McKenzie Matthew Moniak (MOH-nee-ak)...On Twitter: @MickeyMoniak...Became first Phillies No. 1 overall pick since Pat Burrell in 1998...Prepped at La Costa Canyon High School (CA), graduating in 2016...Named 2016 High School Player of the Year by Baseball America and Gatorade California Player of the Year...Played at Petco Park in 2015 for the Perfect Game All-American Classic...Had committed to play collegiately at UCLA...Won a gold medal with U.S. National Team in 2015 World Baseball Softball Confederation U-18 Baseball World Cup in Japan...His grandfather, Bill Moniak, played for six seasons in Red Sox system from 1958-63...Originally signed by Phillies scout Mike Garcia.
Split season between the Phillies and Angels organizations...Saw most Major League action of career (37 G)...Acquired by the Angels on Aug. 2...In 19 games with the Halos, collected 12 hits including two doubles, a triple and three home runs compared to six hits, one double and two RBI in 18 games with the Phillies...Combined to hit .312 (39/125) with eight doubles, two triples, eight home runs in 30 games at the minor league level... Had to make three stints on the I.L. throughout the season, twice with the Angels after getting hit by a pitch in the hand.
Had seven stints with the Phillies: 4/14-25, 5/1, 5/5-6, 7/20, 7/25-26, 8/10-13 and 9/11-19; also played for Lehigh Valley (AAA)...Made seven starts with the Phillies, all in CF...Slugged his first career HR on 4/21 vs SF (Anthony DeSclafani); at 22 years, 343 days old, became the youngest Phillies center fielder to homer in a game since Mike Anderson (21 years, 314 days) did so on 5/2/1973...Led Triple-A East hitters in triples (8) and ranked T-9th in RBI (65); led Lehigh Valley with 15 HR.
Was a non-roster invitee to ML spring training...Hit .353 (6-17), 2 2B, 3B, 2 RBI, 5 BB, 2 SB, 1.088 OPS in 14 spring training games...Was added to the club’s player pool on 8/30...Had his contract selected from Lehigh Valley, 9/16...Made his ML debut as a pinch-runner in the 9th inning on 9/16 vs NYM...Became just the second former No. 1 overall pick by the Phillies in the MLB Draft to make his ML debut with the club, joining Pat Burrell...Made his first career start, 9/17 vs NYM (LF; 0-4)...At 22 years, 127 days old, was the 2nd-youngest Phillies OF to start in a game since 1974 (Orlando Isales, 20 years, 288 days on 10/5/80)... Collected his first ML hit (single off A.J. Cole) on 9/18 vs TOR (gm 2)...Walked in each of his first four games with a plate appearance...Had two stints with the Phillies: 9/16-19 and 9/21-24.
Spent entire season with Reading (AA) after attending ML spring training as a non-roster invitee...Named an Eastern League midseason and postseason All-Star...Led the EL in triples (13), was 2nd in extra-base hits (52) & total bases (204), T-4th in RBI (67), 5th in SLG (.439), 6th in doubles (28), T-8th in hits (117) and T-9th in runs (63)...His 13 triples were more than any Phillies minor leaguer has had in a season since 2006 (Michael Bourn, 13)...Recorded 8 outfield assists (5 in CF, 3 in RF)...Was on the IL, 7/4-10, with a right hamstring strain...Played for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League...Following the season, was named the 9th-best prospect in the Phillies system by Baseball America.
Spent entire season with Clearwater (A)...Ranked 3rd in the Florida State League in doubles (28), 5th in hits (117) and 10th in at-bats (433)...Selected as Phillies Minor League Player of the Week three times (5/28-6/3, 7/16-22 and 8/6-12)...Named Phillies Minor League Defender of the Month for July...Batted .333 (42-126), 12 2B, 2 3B, HR and posted an .856 OPS over his final 32 games...Hit .294 (42-143) with 9 2B and 4 HR against LHP...Made starts at all 3 outfield positions, totaling 6 outfield assists and posting a .996 fielding percentage...Primarily played CF (99 games/98 starts).
Spent the season with Lakewood (A)...Was T-6th in the South Atlantic League in triples (6) and T-9th in games (123)...Recorded 27 multi-hit games...Batted .270 (64-237) with 21 XBH (15 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR) in the first half and .201 (46-229) with 12 XBH (7 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR) in the second half...Following the season, was named the 9th-best prospect in the Phillies minor league system by Baseball America...Participated in Florida Instructional League.
Began pro career with Gulf Coast League Phillies (R)...Ranked 10th in the GCL in RBI (28) and T-10th in hits (50) & triples (4)...Had multiple hits in 8 of his first 17 professional games...Batted .346 (27-78) with 19 RBI in 20 July games...Participated in FIL...Following the season, was named the 2nd-best prospect in the Phillies system by Baseball America.