After talking with some fellow FanSided editors, there were shakeups at the top of our mock draft this week. Cincinnati may not be looking for a pitcher as much as they’re looking for that next great position player. If that’s the case, the Reds will take Nick Senzel at pick 2.
If that’s the case, touted pitchers Jason Groome and Riley Pint would both be available … yet it looks as if they’ll drop past the Rockies. Both Atlanta and Colorado seem very interested in talented outfielders Kyle Lewis and Mickey Moniak.
We’re going to stick with our belief that Atlanta needs a more mature bat sooner than the Rockies so they’ll go with the college player in Mercer’s Kyle Lewis. With that, we’ll stick with our thoughts on the Rockies taking Moniak, a high school outfielder from Carlsbad, Calif., who has been described as “one of the better high school bats in the nation who makes consistent, hard contact at the plate, according to MLB.com. You can check out video of him and a scouting report from MLB.com by clicking here.
Moniak has also been described as an outfielder who has a lot of speed to cover the outfield, perfect for roaming Coors Field in the future.
Baseball America says that two Southern California scouts say his bat ranks a 70 on a scale of 20-80. They say if there’s one high school prospect in the draft who will mash in the Majors, they’re putting their money on Moniak.
What’s the biggest knock on him? Moniak has yet to develop a lot of power. However, the Rockies should be willing to take him based on hitting for average with the bet that the power will develop down the line.
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