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2016 Draft Report Card: Philadelphia Phillies

BEST PURE HITTER: Mickey Moniak (1) has elite pitch recognition and strike zone awareness to go along with a compact swing and plus hands in the box. Going straight from high school to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, Moniak batted .284/.340/.409 in his professional debut. OF Josh Stephen (11) also shows promise with the bat.

BEST POWER: 1B Darick Hall (14) has all-fields power; he swatted 20 home runs for Dallas Baptist in the spring, then posted a .236 isolated slugging percentage with nine home runs and 19 doubles in his pro debut at short-season Williamsport. SS Cole Stobbe (3) shows plus raw power and the ball comes off his bat with life even when he doesn’t loft it over the fence.

FASTEST RUNNER: Moniak is a plus runner, with the ability to reach first base in 4.15 seconds from the left side.

BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Moniak makes excellent reads of the ball off the bat, and has elite range and instincts in center field. OF David Martinelli (6) has the tools and instincts to excel in all three outfield positions.

BEST FASTBALL: Gowdy’s fastball works in the low 90s and has reached as high as 96. He commands the pitch well and it shows late finish. LHP JoJo Romero (4) and Blake Quinn (9) have each bumped 95 with their fastballs.

BEST SECONDARY PITCH: Gowdy throws a hard and deep, late-breaking slider with power and he can command it to either side of the strike zone. RHP Grant Dyer (8) has a true top-to-bottom curveball that earns plus grades as well.

BEST PRO DEBUT: Moniak excelled in his debut, particularly in July, when he batted .346. LHP Cole Irvin never allowed more than two earned runs in a single start, and pitched to a 1.97 ERA. Dyer forced his way up to low Class A Lakewood, posting a robust 57-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 42.1 innings out of the bullpen across two levels. Quinn posted a 1.11 ERA across short-season Williamsport and low Class A Lakewood.

BEST ATHLETE: Moniak’s combination of arm strength, speed and graceful actions and balance are difficult to beat. RHP Kevin Gowdy (1s) has a very athletic delivery, and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do.

MOST INTRIGUING BACKGROUND: LHP Jonathan Hennigan (21) is the grandson of former Major Leaguer Phil Hennigan. Moniak’s grandfather, Bill Moniak, was an early bonus baby of the Red Sox, and he is family friends with surfer Rob Machado.

CLOSEST TO THE MAJORS: There isn’t an obvious fast-riser, but Romero, Irvin, Dyer and Quinn could all progress smoothly as more polished college pitchers.

BEST LATE-ROUND PICK: Stephen’s loud hit tool and promising athleticism make him the top prospect of the late rounds. LHP Kyle Young is 6-foot-10 and the Phillies see an upper-90s fastball in his future to go along with extremely promising command and a curveball that works well from his angle.

THE ONE WHO GOT AWAY: SS Logan Davidson (30) was essentially unsignable and will attend Clemson. Junior college RHP Davis Agle converted to pitching; his fastball has reached the mid-90s and he has a projectable build.

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