The Philadelphia Phillies have selected California high school outfielder Mickey Moniak with the No. 1 pick in the Major League Baseball draft.
Moniak, from La Costa Canyon High School in south Carlsbad, is the first prep outfielder to be taken first overall since Tampa Bay drafted Delmon Young in 2003.
The selection Thursday night at MLB Network studios marks the first time the Phillies have led off the draft since they took Miami slugger Pat Burrell in 1998.
The left-handed-hitting Moniak is 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds and is considered a five-tool talent whose stock rose throughout his senior season.
He consistently hits to all fields with solid power to the gaps. Moniak is also an outstanding defensive player who has good speed and is expected to remain in center field in the pros.
“I definitely wouldn’t say there’s pressure,” Moniak said in an interview on MLB Network. “I’m excited to hopefully prove the Phillies right.”
Mariners select Kyle Lewis
The Seattle Mariners went for outfield power with the No. 11 overall selection in the 2016 MLB Draft, taking Mercer slugger Kyle Lewis with their first-round pick.
Lewis captured Southern Conference Player of the Year honors after hitting 20 home runs as a junior, leading Mercer to a second straight conference title.
The 6‘4, 210-pound right-hander was a two-sport athlete at Shiloh High School in Snellville, Ga., lettering in both baseball and basketball. But he went undrafted in 2013 and landed at Mercer. Lewis hit .395/.535/.731 in 2015.
The Texas Rangers, with the No. 30 overall pick, selected Pitcher Cole Ragans, a 6’4, 190-pound left-hander at North Florida Christian High School in Crawfordville, Florida.
Rounding the bases
The Chicago Cubs have reacquired outfielder Chris Coghlan from Oakland for Arismendy Alcantara. … The A’s put left-hander Rich Hill on the disabled list, marking their 15th move to the DL this season. … The Rangers’ activated catcher Robinson Chirinos from the 60-day disabled list for his return from a broken right forearm. They also expect Yu Darvish to throw his regular bullpen session Friday in Seattle. … Right-hander Cory Rasmus has been activated from the 15-day disabled list by the Los Angeles Angels after recovering from a strained left groin. … The struggling White Sox shook up their roster, signing veteran first baseman Justin Morneau and designating veteran right-hander Mat Latos for assignment. … The Astros’ Carlos Correa sprained his left ankle running out a groundout in Houston’s 5-3 loss to the Rangers. … Kansas City pitcher Yordano Ventura was suspended nine games and Baltimore third baseman Manny Machado was penalized four games after their brawl earlier this week.
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