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Phillies get Moniak with top pick

The Philadelphia Phillies found their man in 18-year-old Mickey Moniak.After weeks of speculation, the Phillies decided to take the young left-handed hitting outfielder from La Costa Canyon High in Carlsbad, Calif., with the No. 1 overall pick in...

The Philadelphia Phillies found their man in 18-year-old Mickey Moniak.
After weeks of speculation, the Phillies decided to take the young left-handed hitting outfielder from La Costa Canyon High in Carlsbad, Calif., with the No. 1 overall pick in the MLB draft on Thursday night in Secaucus, N.J.
“It’s indescribable,” Moniak told MLB Network moments after he was drafted. “It’s always a kid’s dream to get draft by a major league team, but to be the No. 1 pick - it’s insane.”
Infielder Nick Senzel of Tennessee was taken second overall by the Cincinnati Reds. High school right-handers Ian Anderson and Riley Pint went to the Atlanta Braves and Colorado Rockies, respectively, while the Milwaukee Brewers nabbed outfielder Corey Ray of Louisville to round out the top five.
Moniak is the Phillies’ first No. 1 overall pick since they took Pat Burrell eighteen years ago.
The Encinitas, Calif., native is a self-described hitting specialist. He batted .461 and drove in 27 runs in 33 games as a sophomore at La Costa Canyon. As a sophomore, he hit .426 with a 1.062 on-base percentage.
The Minnesota Twins picked outfielder Alex Kirilloff from Plum (Penn.) Senior High with the 15th overall pick.

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