Mickey Moniak Prospect Profile

Moniak put together an impressive Sophomore season that prompted Cal-Hi Sports to name him the "Sophomore of the Year" in the State of California and a Maxpreps Underclass All-American. He then followed that up with a Junior campaign that catapulted him onto the national stage of top hihh prospects; he hit .426 with 28 runs batted in and 29 runs scored to earn All-State honors and Underclass All-American honors from Perfect Game.he profiles as a first round selection in our Mock Draft.

Mickey Moniak Scouting Report

School: La Costa Canyon (Calif) HS Year: Senior Commitment: UCLA

Position: OF Age: 17 DOB: 5/13/1998 Bats: L Throws: R Height: 6' 2" Weight: 190 lb.

SCOUTING GRADES: Hit: 55 | Power: 40 | Run: 60 | Arm: 50 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50

Moniak has been rumored to be a likely first round selection since his freshman year this 6'2" 190lbs, the La Costa Canyon senior senior surprisingly did not hitting a home run last season but does show some flashes of power from the left side of the plate as he led La Costa Canyon HS of Carlsbad with 12 extra-base hits last season with a team-high eight doubles and four triples. Among the top high school bats in this year's draft, Moniak is a two-time gold medalist as a member of the U18 and U15 USA National team. He has had scouts project his bat from a 60-70 while at various events including the Area Code Games .Playing for the Milwaukee Brewers team at the 2015 Area Code Games in Long Beach he was named by Baseball America to the Area Code Games All-Tournament Team as he put on an impressive display with his bat. One standout moment that cemented his status was during a game he made an over the shoulder running catch at the warning track that was top play of the week. Crediting his current swing to his work done with John Peabody (former minor leaguer turned swing mechanics teacher) he told Baseball America earlier this year that "Peabody had me keep my back elbow in, to keep me from getting long". He continued "I've widened out my lower half more to give me more balance as I get taller."

Should he not sign after being drafted he will remain in California and play next season at UCLA after signing a letter of intent with the Bruins who he had said was his dream school. In a press release highlighting the Bruins players that signed national letters of intents Bruins head coach John Savage said "Mickey Moniak has proved to be one of the best hitters in the country." "The combination of his bat and his ability to run makes Mickey one of the most dynamic players in the country. He has all of the tools to change a game on both sides of the ball." His dad Matt played at San Diego State while his grandfather was signed by the Red Sox but never reached the majors.

Mickey Moniak has the pedigree to be a 1st round talent in this years #mlbdraft

It's not a matter of if, it's a matter of when Mickey Moniak will be drafted in the first round. It will be the fourth year in a row that a player has been drafted in the first round straight out of a San Diego area high school. Our Mock Draft has him as a middle of the first round selection.  Tyler Nevin from Poway HS was drafted in the competitive balance round A with the 38th pick by the Colorado Rockies last year while in 2014 draft is was LHP Brady Aiken from Cathedral Catholic HS of San Diego who was taken No. 1 overall by the Houston Astros and outfielder Alex Jackson from Rancho Bernardo HS of San Diego who was taken with the sixth pick by the Seattle Mariners. Back in 2013 it was the New York Yankees with the No. 32 pick that drafted LHP Ian Clarkin from Madison HS of San Diego. Moniak was recently named the 2016 California Gatorade Player of the Year. Moniak was selected the first overall selection in the 2016 MLB Draft

photos courtesy San Diego Union Tribune

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