Remember last season when Mickey Moniak missed time late in the year. It was listed as a minor sprain of his hip flexor. It was said that it was nothing to worry about and that he would certainly be ready for spring training and that they were just being cautious. In a Philly.com article, Matt Breen points out that the injury was literally growing pains.
The 18-year old was drafted with the first overall pick last June and played in the Gulf Coast League until the injury shut him down. Moniak played in 46 games with the GCL Phillies, with a line of 1-28-.284/.340/.409 in his first professional season.
In the article, Moniak tells Breen that he grew about an inch and that he's ready for the start of minor league camp, which begins Friday in Clearwater. Over the winter, the Phillies had Moniak on a strength program and he's about 20 pounds heavier than he was last June when he was drafted, coming in at right around 190 pounds, and he's still growing. The added mass is apparently paying dividends, as Moniak noted that his high school coaches noticed the difference in him.
The good news is that Moniak says his hip is indeed fine and he's completely put the injury behind him at this point.
Read Matt Breen's full article on Mickey Moniak
It will be interesting to see where the Phillies have Moniak start the season. It's not out of the question that he could open the year with Low-A Lakewood, but it's also possible that the Phillies could hold him back in extended camp and have him either start at Lakewood a little later or send him to short-season Williamsport when their season opens in June. It figures that if Moniak can show much of anything in camp, he'll head for the Jersey Shore for his first full-season assignment with the BlueClaws.
Mickey Moniak's season stats for 2016