The Phillies signed No. 1 pick Mickey Moniak on Monday and were able to cut a deal that allows them to spend more money on their other top picks.
The contract, according to Baseball America, has a $6.1 million signing bonus, which is $3 million less than the bonus pool allotment for the No. 1 pick. The Phillies will use that money on other players who require a larger signing bonuses. They have yet to sign second-round pick Kevin Gowdy, a righthanded pitcher, but infielder Cole Stobbe, the third-round pick, is signed.
Moniak, an 18-year-old high school outfielder, will be introduced at a news conference on Tuesday at Citizens Bank Park. He will likely begin his professional career in the Gulf Coast League, a league comprised of draft picks and young international players that begins on Friday.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pounder batted .476 with a .921 slugging percentage in his senior year at La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, Calif. Moniak, a lefthander, had a .390 average in four seasons. He has played for USA Baseball's national teams, including the 18-under squad that won the gold medal at last summer's World Cup.