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Mickey Moniak Selected by Phillies No. 1 Overall in 2016 MLB Draft

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJune 10, 2016

Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred announces the No. 1 pick by the Philadelphia Phillies during the draft, Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Secaucus, N.J. The Phillies selected outfielder Mickey Moniak, of La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, Calif., with the first pick. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Julio Cortez/Associated Press

There was no consensus No. 1 pick entering the 2016 MLB draft, but the Philadelphia Phillies' extensive evaluation process led the team to select La Costa Canyon High School outfielder Mickey Moniak with the first selection Thursday evening.  

According to ESPN Stats & Info, Moniak became the first outfielder selected No. 1 overall since the Washington Nationals snagged Bryce Harper in 2010. Moniak is also the first left-handed-hitting high school outfielder to be selected with the draft's top pick since Josh Hamilton in 1999. 

The Phillies' official Twitter account confirmed Moniak's arrival:

Philadelphia Phillies @Phillies

Welcome to the phamily, @MickeyMoniak! https://t.co/CnormIA8b1

Philadelphia could have opted to add a top-tier pitching prospect such as A.J. Puk or Jason Groome—who ended up with the Oakland A's and Boston Red Sox, respectively—but Moniak offers the team a potential future cornerstone in the outfield. 

"Collectively, we believe Mickey was the best player available in the draft," Phillies scouting director Johnny Almaraz said, per Philly Voice's Ryan Lawrence. "He’s a true center fielder with incredible offensive ability and the potential to be a perennial All-Star."

According to MLB.com's Todd Zolecki, the 18-year-old batted .476 with seven home runs, 12 triples, 46 RBI and a .921 slugging percentage during his senior year. 

"The bat is good," an evaluator said, per CSNPhilly.com's Jim Salisbury. "He’s going to hit and hit for average. He’s a good center fielder. He can run. The question is how many home runs will he hit? If he ends up getting stronger, he could be a corner bat that’s unbelievable. There’s no negative here. It’s a good pick."

Adding Moniak to the mix gives the Phillies a slew of talented outfielders who should be able to carry the franchise forward as the rebuild accelerates.

Nick Williams, who's now playing for Triple-A Lehigh Valley, grades out as the team's third-best prospect, per MLB.com, while 2015 first-round pick Cornelius Randolph ranks No. 5 on the team. 

With an arsenal of assets who are growing and appreciating at a rapid rate, the Phillies have positioned themselves as potential National League contenders by the time the decade comes to a close. 

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