High school friend gets Mickey Moniak's signature tattooed on butt

High school friend gets Mickey Moniak's signature tattooed on butt

Ethan Abrams, you're a man of your word.

As a high school freshman, Phillies prospect Mickey Moniak made a bet with his friend long before the Phillies selected him first overall last June. The bet was that if Moniak is selected within the first 10 picks of his draft, Abrams would get Moniak's signature tattooed on his rear.

And here you go:

"I thought it needed to be more than just a signature so this way it looks like he signed a ball," Abrams told CSNPhilly.com. "Also, I can play it off for other reasons why I would get a baseball tattoo on my ass. It hurt but not worse than I was expecting. I think it turned out as well as an ass tattoo can turn out."

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Baseball America offers its opinion on Phillies' top 10 prospects

Baseball America offers its opinion on Phillies' top 10 prospects

Baseball America is in the midst of publishing its Top 10 prospect lists for every major league organization. The publication posted its Phillies Top 10 list Wednesday and there is a familiar name at the top: shortstop J.P. Crawford, the team's first-round draft pick in 2014. Crawford, who played at Double A and Triple A in 2016, is tops on the list for the third straight season. He could make it to the majors sometime in 2017.

Another first-round pick — centerfielder Mickey Moniak — is second on the list. The 18-year-old from Southern California was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 draft. Moniak, who has added 20 pounds of muscle, was recently profiled here.

Many publications and organizations produce Top 10 prospect lists. Baseball America has always focused on youthful talent, tools and upside.

Here's BA's list of the Phillies' Top 10 prospects heading into 2017, with a note from us on each player:

1. J.P. Crawford, SS (21)
His exceptional plate discipline impresses a front office that values that trait. If he doesn't poke his head into the majors some time in 2017, something's wrong.

2. Mickey Moniak, CF (18)
Phillies gave him a club-record $6.1 million signing bonus. He should play in nearby Lakewood in 2017. He projects to be a level-by-level guy. If all goes well, could end up as a Steve Finley or Christian Yelich type of player. 

3. Jorge Alfaro, C (23)
Power-armed and power bat catcher. Entering a huge season — he will be asked to carry the load every day behind the plate at Triple A as the Phillies try to find out if he's their next catcher.

4. Nick Williams, OF (23)
An enigmatic talent. There's nothing he can't do on a baseball field except lay off pitches outside the strike zone.

5. Sixto Sanchez, RHP (18)
A young talent that has a lot of baseball people buzzing about his power, poise and pitchability on the mound.

6. Rhys Hoskins, 1B (23)
Big right-handed bat who knows how to drive in a run — he hit 38 home runs last season and has 206 RBIs the last two.

7. Franklyn Kilome, RHP (21)
Lanky right-handed Dominican with huge potential. Had a 3.85 ERA with 130 strikeouts in 114⅔ last season at Lakewood.

8. Roman Quinn, OF (23)
An exciting talent with the on-base and defensive skills the Phillies value. The front office is currently debating whether to put him in the opening day lineup or pursue a veteran rightfielder. Injuries have long been a hindrance and he's got to stay healthy.

9. Scott Kingery, 2B (22)
Dustin Pedroia-type second baseman. Heads-up player who could be the Phillies' 2B of the future. More on Kingery here.

10. Dylan Cozens, OF (22)
Physically imposing left-handed bat. Has huge power to all fields. Led minor league baseball with 40 home runs in 2016 and was recently honored for it. Will join Hoskins and Alfaro on the Triple A cast in 2017.

Last year, BA's list of top Phillies prospects looked like this:

1. J.P. Crawford, SS

2. Nick Williams, OF

3. Jake Thompson, RHP

4. Andrew Knapp, C

5. Jorge Alfaro, C

6. Cornelius Randolph, OF

7. Franklyn Kilome, RHP

8. Roman Quinn, OF

9. Adonis Medina, RHP

10. Carlos Tocci, OF

Thompson, Alfaro and Quinn all made their major-league debuts in 2016. All three could be on the team's opening day roster in 2017.

Top Phillies prospect Mickey Moniak adds muscle, looks for big season 2017

Top Phillies prospect Mickey Moniak adds muscle, looks for big season 2017

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. – The difference was striking.
 
When Mickey Moniak arrived in Philadelphia to sign his first professional contract six months ago, he was rail-thin and 170 pounds.
 
On Tuesday night, Moniak made a quick visit to the winter meetings to be honored as Baseball America’s high school player of the year for 2016. 
 
He’d added 20 pounds to his 6-foot-2 frame.
 
“It’s all muscle,” Moniak said proudly.
 
The Phillies selected Moniak with the first pick in the June draft and signed him for $6.1 million. Just a few months of professional baseball convinced the 18-year-old centerfielder that he needed to get stronger. He recently capped off his first year of pro ball with a three-week stint at the Phillies’ strength and conditioning camp in Clearwater.
 
“It’s something the Phillies wanted me to do and I knew I definitely needed it, too,” Moniak said. “I really enjoyed my first year. I got a taste of what it was like to play baseball for a job and it was a good time.
 
“There were a lot of positives that came out of the first year. I felt like I jumped in there and really competed. I hit well in July. In August, I started to fatigue and I wasn’t prepared for that, being my first season. But it was a good learning experience. I needed to get stronger.”
 
Moniak hit .284 with a .340 on-base percentage, 11 doubles, four triples, a homer and 28 RBIs in 46 games for the Phillies’ prospect-stacked Gulf Coast League team. That club, loaded with young Latin players and first-year talent from the 2016 draft, went 41-17 and advanced to the finals of the league playoffs before losing to the Cardinals.
 
After the playoffs, many of the players from that club participated in the Florida instructional league. Moniak played sparingly, however, after dealing with some soreness in his right hip. He was checked out by doctors in Philadelphia and there are no more concerns.
 
“It was just tightness,” Moniak said. “Everything is good. I’m 100 percent. They said it was either a growing pain or just tightness. I just have to stretch more.”
 
Moniak is an athletic centerfielder with speed and a good left-side bat. He has been compared favorably to former All-Star Steve Finley.
 
"Collectively, we believe Mickey was the best player available in the draft," Johnny Almaraz, the Phillies head of amateur scouting, said on draft night in June. "He's a true centerfielder with incredible offensive ability and the potential to be a perennial All-Star."

Moniak hit .476 with seven homers, 12 triples and four doubles at La Costa Canyon High School in Carlsbad, California, during his senior season. He impressed a rival scout who saw him play five times during the season.

“The bat is good,” the scout said. “He’s going to hit and hit for average. He’s a good centerfielder. He can run. The question is how many home runs will he hit? If he ends up getting stronger, he could be a corner bat that’s unbelievable. There’s no negative here. It’s a good pick.”
 
Now, Moniak is stronger. He looked sturdy in a dress shirt and tie at the winter meetings Tuesday night. He is eager to see how it all translates on the field in 2017.
 
“I’m excited for the season,” he said. “I’m just going to go to spring training and compete and hopefully end up in (Single A) Lakewood, stay healthy and hopefully have a winning season and win a championship. That’s the ultimate goal and if personal stats come with that, too, that’s great.”