Angels' Mickey Moniak: Phillies didn't give me 'opportunity' to grow

Moniak sounds unhappy with his "opportunity" in Philly, which originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
The Mickey Moniak era in Philadelphia was frustrating, and now it's over. The Phillies traded the 2016 first overall pick to the Angels for Noah Syndergaard on Tuesday, parting ways with a player they hoped would become a common outfielder and a key hitter in their future lineup.
Moniak just never got it on the record during his time in the majors, nor exactly made it shine in the Phillies minor league system. Too bad.
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But it doesn't sound like Moniak thinks he got his best shakes during his time organizing the Phils.
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Here's a fascinating quote from the 24-year-old about Associated Press reporter Greg Beacham after he was asked if a fresh start in Los Angeles would help:
"Looking back on my time in Philadelphia, I was grateful that as an 18-year-old kid I was given a chance to dream them up, to debut them. But I think that, you know, for me, I've always been a guy that might need a little bit of comfort on every level, and once I'm comfortable, it goes from there. So I wasn't really given the opportunity there, which makes sense. They're always in a pennant hunt with a lot of money on the field, so just being here and being told you're going to go out and play and have fun is huge."
Hmmm.
I appreciate Moniak's confidence, the way he realizes he takes his time to adjust to each level of play before making his move. A lot of guys aren't ready to admit that.
But as far as not getting a chance? The team basically asked him to make the midfield job his and he just never did. Sure, his sample size in the major leagues is small -- just 105 plate appearances in 47 games in three years with the Phils -- but getting a .211 on-base percentage in those 105 PAs is very concerning.
And the fact that multiple managers looked at Moniak, then looked at the likes of Roman Quinn, Odubel Herrera, Adam Haseley and others... and decided Moniak wasn't even worth falling in the middle? That's not a good sign.
If the Phillies had just given Moniak an entire season without qualifying, told him to just play ball and not worry about losing the job because he won't, he would have found his step. Or maybe he would have been terrible. We do not know it. What we do know is that during his time here, Moniak hasn't shown much of anything to convince you he has what it takes to become a legitimate contributor to the Majors.
Maybe that will change in Los Angeles. In his second game with the Angels, he hit a home run, his first hit with his new team.
He's also 1-for-6 with two strikeouts.
We will see.
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