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Dave Dombrowski ‘not counting on’ former first rounders Mickey Moniak, Adam Haseley to begin 2022, per report


Mickey Moniak was the No. 1 overall pick in 2016. (Cheryl Pursell)

While the Phillies have glaring holes in left and center field, their head of baseball operations doesn’t envision former first-round draft picks Mickey Moniak and Adam Haseley filling them to begin the 2022 season.

“I’m not, per se, counting on either one of them to be on our club next year to start off,” president Dave Dombrowski said Tuesday at the annual GM meetings being held in California, according to Scott Lauber of The Philadelphia Inquirer on Wednesday.

After declining the options of starting left fielder Andrew McCutchen and starting center fielder Odúbel Herrera, as well as outrighting the arbitration-eligible Herrera, Philadelphia has playing time available in the outfield. However, it seems that Moniak, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft, and the next year’s eighth pick Haseley won’t be expected to take it.

The two both saw very limited action in the majors this past season and struggled in the at-bats they were given.

Haseley, 25, started in center on opening day for the Phillies. He went 4-for-21 with a double in nine games, before stepping away from the team for personal reasons. He returned to the minors in June, but injured his right groin a few weeks later. Haseley then started a rehab stint in the Florida Complex League in mid-July, but was placed on the COVID-related injured list after six games.

He began another short rehab stint in mid-August, before finishing out the season in Triple-A. He batted .233/.313/.325 with five home runs in 56 total minor-league games.

Moniak, 23, was in the majors for a few stretches, but only appeared in 21 games for the Phillies and went 3-for-33 with a home run. He spent the rest of the season in Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he hit .238/.299/.447 with 15 homers and eight triples in 99 games.

“Haseley is a tough one because he didn’t play very much this past year,” Dombrowski said, according to the same story. “He has to go out and has to play more. Can he establish enough at-bats during spring training to get that done? I don’t know. Moniak, we liked. He was up and down and got quite a few at-bats.”

The lack of consistent production, especially in the majors, from the young outfielders has made it necessary for the Phillies to look elsewhere in 2022. That doesn’t mean the time can’t come for Moniak and Haseley to still help the team. They’d need to play their way into a major-league role, but that is far from a certainty.

“If they do, great,” Dombrowski said. “Who knows?”

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4 Comments

4 Comments

  1. Prickly Pete Salmonella

    November 10, 2021 at 7:57 pm

    Sigh.

  2. Steve

    November 10, 2021 at 10:27 pm

    The Phillies have not be very productive at drafting talent
    EVER. But lets just look at the 21st Century UTLEY in 2000
    and Hamels in 2002. Everyone else has been a BUST.
    CHECK IT OUT FOR YOURSELF. So why should we the fans be
    SURPRISED? WE ARE NOT. We are surprised when we get a GEM
    because its rare. GEE could this be why the FARM needs to
    be FIXED. Yeah Id say so. Whatever they have been doing
    DON’T WORK isn’t that pretty OBVIOUS BY NOW?

  3. Steve

    November 10, 2021 at 10:46 pm

    Just look at the last 10 years starting in
    2011 Larry Greene
    2012 Shane Watson
    2012 Mitch Gueller extra pick
    2013 J.P. Crawford
    2014 Aaron Nola NOT a BUST but not an ACE either
    2015 Cornelius Randolph
    2016 Mickey Moniak #1 OVERALL
    2017 Adam Haseley
    2018 Alec Bohm
    2019 Bryson Stott
    2020 Mick Able
    2021 Andrew Painter

    • Mark

      November 11, 2021 at 12:38 pm

      Well, 2019-2021 are still TBD, but they are looking pretty good at the moment. This means that the Phillies had success only in 2013, 2014, and 2018 over 9 years. Yeah, a single success every 3 years is a an awful record.

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