Mickey Moniak, the number one overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft and a UCLA commit, has agreed to terms with the Philadelphia Phillies, according to the team’s Twitter account.
#Phillies have agreed to terms with Mickey Moniak, the 1st overall selection in the 2016 MLB Draft.— Phillies (@Phillies) June 20, 2016
When Moniak was selected by the Phils as the top pick overall, it appeared like the odds he would still come to UCLA went right out the window as there was no longer any real incentive other than the opportunity to obtain an education for Moniak to go to UCLA.
When you’re the number pick of the draft, it isn’t like waiting three years and playing for Bruin Head Coach John Savage is going to increase your draft stock any.
The only hope would be for the Phillies, the losingest team in Major League Baseball history, to screw up the negotiation process like the Houston Astros did with their top draft pick several years ago.
But, the Phillies don’t appear to have done that since they announced the agreement publicly on Twitter.
Chalk it up to the pitfalls of the college baseball recruiting process.