New York Mets

Phillies promote 2016 first overall pick Mickey Moniak

The Phillies promoted Mickey Moniak, the first overall pick in the 2016 draft, on Wednesday as their outfield depth thinned so much they added the 22-year-old despite the fact he had not yet played in triple A.

Moniak will play a reserve role this month, and he could be returned to Allentown soon if Jay Bruce is activated from the injured list.

Moniak was with the major-league club for a part of spring training, and was slowed this summer by a knee injury.

“What I saw from him was there’s a lot of talent there, but there’s also a kid that I thought handled big-league spring training really well for such a young player, where he wasn’t intimidated.

Moniak, who was drafted out of high school and signed for $6.1 million, was three years younger than the Eastern League’s average player.

The Phillies would have needed to add Moniak to the 40-man roster this winter to protect him in the Rule 5 draft.

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