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Phillies outfielder prospect Mickey Moniak at Major League spring training on Friday, February 22, 2019 (Frank Klose/

By Matt Rappa, Sports Talk Philly editor

Amid the NBA free agency frenzy, the Philadelphia sports Twitter caught wind of another development that does not affect the city's basketball team, but rather its baseball team in the Philadelphia Phillies and its No. 9-ranked prospect - outfielder Mickey Moniak - who was pulled to start the sixth inning in Double-A Reading's 3-2 victory over Portland Sunday evening at FirstEnergy Stadium.

Twitter user @Kram207 noted Moniak "made a sliding," possibly tweaking a hamstring, and "he and one of the trainers were missing from the dugout late in the game." The Athletic's Meghan Montemurro confirmed the speculated injury Monday morning, reporting that Moniak left the game with "some soreness in his hamstring," and that he was only removed as a precaution.

Given no verifiable explanation for Moniak's departure was made until Montemurro's Monday morning report, rumors surfaced late Sunday night that Moniak was removed due to an imminent trade. Despite the July 31 trade deadline being a few weeks away, it would have made sense for Phillies GM Matt Klentak to make a splash trade that included Moniak. The Phillies have struggled as of late, mostly with pitching, and Klentak was reportedly been spotted in Reading in the past week.

Moniak, 21, entered Sunday slashing .268/.326/.440 with 19 doubles, nine triples, four home runs, 38 RBI, 23 walks and 70 strikeouts spanning 74 games and 312 plate appearances at Double-A Reading this season. The Encinitas, California, native was selected first overall in the 2016 amateur draft out of Carlsbad's La Costa Canyon High School.


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Cheryl Cavanaugh

I have been patiently waiting for Mickey Moniak to make it to the majors and now a trade? NO!NO!NO! My heart is broken.


Don't do it!!!

Chris simmons

Won’t make it in the pros

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