Angels’ Mickey Moniak Aims To Contribute In Finale Vs. Twins

Micky Moniac may or may not be in the starting lineup on Sunday afternoon los angeles angels host the minnesota twins in Anaheim, California

In form of angels‘ Fourth outfielder, Moniak knows it’s his job to be ready when called upon

It’s not a position Moniak is used to, considering he was the No. 1 overall pick in the 2016 Major League Baseball draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. But the 25-year-old has overcome his tumultuous start to his professional career and understands what he needs to do to succeed.

And it really starts with being in the big leagues.

Moniak started the season at Triple-A Salt Lake angels decided to go with Brett Phillips as their fourth outfielder. But the Phillies were designated for assignment, and Moniak’s success with the Bees—he hit .308 with eight homers and 23 RBIs in 33 games—earned him a spot on the major league roster.

Monique, acquired by angels In the trade-deadline deal last July that sent pitcher Noah Syndergaard to the Phillies, hitting .450 (9-for-20) with a double, triple, two home runs, three RBI and 1.376 OPS in seven games . By May 12. This included a Friday start in center field in which Moniak made a single, double, triple and home-run-robbing catch.

“It feels incredible,” Monique said of her recent success. “I think the ultimate goal is just to be here and help the team win. And I feel like I’ve been able to be here last week. And kind of focusing on one step at a time, one at a time.” in the day.”

Moniak didn’t get much of a chance with the Phillies, playing a total of 47 games over parts of three seasons, hampered by injuries (a broken right wrist and a torn left middle finger) and a .129 batting average. But Moniak, who dropped out of high school in the San Diego area, feels more at home in Anaheim.

“He has done everything we have asked,” angels said manager Phil Nevin. “He went down after spring training with a great attitude after having a great spring. I know he was disappointed but he kept his head up. Had a job in Salt Lake for about a month and got an opportunity, And that’s… running with it.

Shohei Ohtani (5-1, 3.23 ERA) will make his 10th start of the season. angels, The right-hander picked up the win in his most recent start on Monday against Baltimore despite giving up five runs in seven innings.

Ohtani, who is 1-0 with a 2.38 ERA in two career starts against Minnesota, hit his team-leading 11th homer in Saturday’s 6-2 loss. Twins

Right-hander Pablo Lopez (2-2, 4.00) will make his 10th start of the season. Twins, He earned a no-decision in his last start after giving up five runs and five hits over 4 2/3 innings against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

López, who spent the first five seasons of his major league career before being traded to the Miami Marlins Twins in January, have yet to face angels

Twins Thought so highly of López that he signed a four-year, $73.5 million contract extension after the start of the season, deal on April 21.

“It’s rare … when you read the scouting report that you see on paper and the player crosses out everything that’s written there and it says ‘high character’ and it says ‘incredible work ethic’ and it says That says everything about the quality of pitcher that he is,” said Derek Falvey. TwinsPresident of Baseball Operations. “Then he comes to the door and you know the person — the living, breathing human being who’s there, and[he’s]right up and over.

Twins Outfielder Byron Buxton is questionable for the series finale after leaving Saturday’s game with tightness in his right leg.

– Field Level Media