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Angels’ Mickey Moniak: Phillies didn’t give me ‘opportunity’ to cultivate

Moniak sounds unhappy along with his ‘opportunity’ in Philly originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia

The Mickey Moniak era in Philadelphia was frustrating, and today it’s over. The Phillies traded the 2016 first overall pick to the Angels at Tuesday’s trade deadline for Noah Syndergaard, parting ways with a new player they hoped would become a day to day outfielder and an integral bat within their lineup into the future.

Moniak simply never put it together at the plate during his stints in the majors, and didn’t exactly light it up in the Phillies’ minor league system either. Bummer.

Nonetheless it doesn’t appear to be Moniak thinks he got the fairest of shakes during his amount of time in the Phils’ organization.

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Here’s an intriguing quote from the 24-year-old, via Associated Press reporter Greg Beacham, after being asked in case a fresh begin in LA can help:

“Looking back on my amount of time in Philadelphia, I was grateful for this, (being) given the opportunity being an 18-year-old kid, developed them, debuted using them. But I believe that, you understand, for me personally, I’ve been a man that maybe requires a little bit to obtain comfortable at every level, as soon as I get comfortable, it’s on from there. So, wasn’t really considering that opportunity there, making sense. They’re always in a pennant hunt with big money on the field, so merely to be here and become told you are gonna venture out and play and also have some fun is huge.”

Hmmm.

I appreciate the self-awareness from Moniak, just how he realizes he does take time to acclimate to each degree of play before hitting his stride. Plenty of guys aren’t ready to admit that.

But so far as not obtaining a chance can be involved? The team was basically begging him to help make the center field job his, and he simply never did. Sure, his major league sample size is small – just 105 plate appearances over 47 games in 3 years with the Phils – but accumulating a .211 on-base percentage in those 105 PAs is highly concerning.

And the truth that multiple managers viewed Moniak, then viewed guys like Roman Quinn, Odubel Herrera, Adam Haseley, among others… and decided Moniak wasn’t even worth plopping in center? That isn’t an excellent sign.

Maybe if the Phillies had simply given Moniak a whole season without qualifiers, told him to just play ball rather than be worried about losing the work because he won’t, he would’ve found his stride. Or possibly he would’ve been awful. We have no idea. What we can say for certain is that Moniak didn’t show a lot of anything during his time here that convinces you he’s got what must be done to become legit contributor in the majors.

Perhaps that’ll change in LA. He smacked a house run in his second game with the Angels, his first hit along with his new team.

He’s also 1-for-6 with two strikeouts.

We’ll see.

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