Red Hot Mickey Moniak and more updates from the Phillies Minor Leagues
Mickey Moniak can’t keep himself off the Top Prospect Performers list. He’s absolutely on fire at Lehigh Valley for the IronPigs. Moniak entered July batting .205 in the minor leagues. His brief stint with the Phillies earlier this year didn’t go well either. It’s now July 25th, and Mickey Moniak has raised his batting average the whole way up to .257 and has a career-high 12 home runs with the Iron Pigs.
Moniak had yet another three hit, three RBI day yesterday. He hit two home runs, his second multi-home run game of the season. He has at least one hit in all but three games in the month of July and now has five multi-hit games over the last 10 games, including back-to-back three-hit games.
Moniak is now batting .361/.390/.722 with 19 RBIs through 19 games this month in the minor leagues. He’s been a top performer now three times in the month of July across the entire minor leagues.
The Phillies have struggled as of late. They were just embarrassed by the Braves at home yesterday in a game where Vincent Velasquez let up six runs in less than three innings of work. The MLB Trade Deadline is only a week away. The Phillies are reportedly going to be aggressive at the deadline and you would think that means adding bullpen and rotation arms given the brutal performances in both departments that have haunted the Phillies all season long.
Dave Dombrowski was very clear that he would not be interested in trading top prospect Mick Abel or this year’s first round pick Andrew Painter but where does that leave other prospects such as Moniak and Bryson Stott? That remains unclear, but we will surely have answers over the next week.
Bryson Stott found himself on the Top Prospect Performers list last week as well after his third straight multi-hit game. He went 3-for-5 with two RBIs in Wednesday’s 7-6 win over New Hampshire. In High-A ball, Jhailyn Ortiz found a spot on the Top Performers list yesterday too. Ortiz had his third multi-home run game this season and finished 2-for-4 with four RBI on the night. Ortiz is now only three home runs short of his career high that he sent in 2019. He’s batting .253 on the season with a .839 OPS and 41 RBIs.
It will be interesting how much of the farm system the Phillies are willing to sacrifice this week before the trade deadline. It’s no secret that depth in the Phillies organization is essentially non-existent, so getting rid of your entire future to add key pieces this year might not make the most sense.
For the Phillies, I would recommend bringing Mickey Moniak back up and starting him every day in the outfield. It’s time we figure out what the 23-year old former first overall pick in 2016 can do as a consistent member of the Phillies lineup. He’s red hot right now and I can’t think of a better time to get him playing at Citizens Bank Park.
The focus today is earning a series split against the Atlanta Braves at 1:05pm. Aaron Nola is on the mound at opposing Touki Toussaint for the Braves.
Side Note: Mickey Moniak recently sat down with the fellas over at Cespedes Family BBQ to talk tattoos. You can watch that below.
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