No one Phillies player has hit the ball harder than Mickey Moniak this spring. Going into Tuesday’s action, he leads the team going 4 for 8 with a double and two home runs. He leads the team in batting average, slugging and OPS.
He has hit the ball hard. His two homers have been tape measure blasts to right field at the Phillies’ BayCare Ballpark.
Yet, it was his single against the Yankees on Sunday that impressed us the most. Hitting against a shift, he hit a line drive over the second baseman’s head landing in front of the right fielder for a base hit. It was a classic “frozen rope” base hit.
Moniak has not only hit well but his exit velocity has to be one the highest on the team. We are surprised that Mickey has been used this spring only as a late inning replacement.
Since he is now “Mighty Mick”, we can only hope he gets some starts in center in Grapefruit League action. Phillies sure need a center fielder who can drive the baseball.
Through the first quarter of spring training games, Mickey Moniak has been the best bat they have. Now, give him a chance to start in center field!