Mickey Moniak, OF
The #1 overall pick back in 2016, it’s no secret that Mickey Moniak has yet to live up to the hype of being a top-tier outfield prospect. He struggled early on during his minor league career with the Phillies, and hasn’t been able to earn himself a starting gig on the main roster – despite getting a legit opportunity to do so this season.
Currently getting everyday reps down in AAA, there’s a half-decent chance that the Phillies still have high hopes for Moniak. He looked noticeably stronger this season compared to previous years, and has the natural athleticism to be a plus defender in center field – a position that Philadelphia still doesn’t have a longterm answer at.
However, similar to Medina, at some point the organization may just arrive to the conclusion that trading Moniak for some sort of established veteran is what’s best for the franchise moving forward. Moniak has definitely flashed potential (especially this past spring training), but it’s hard to imagine him developing into an everyday starter in time to push for the postseason.
If that’s the conclusion that Dombrowski also reaches, then it makes little sense to exclude Moniak from trade conversations this July, considering the team’s current window.