ENCINITAS — Encinitas is planning to honor Leucadia’s Mickey Moniak, the first overall pick in the Major League Baseball draft in June, by declaring Sept. 14 Mickey Moniak Day.
Moniak, 18, a recent graduate of La Costa Canyon High School, became the first baseball player from Encinitas to be drafted first overall when the Philadelphia Phillies selected him on June 9.
He is currently playing in the minor-league system for the affiliate Gulf Coast League Phillies, where he is batting .310 in 30 games and has had a seven-game and nine-game hitting streak in his early career.
Mayor Kristin Gaspar said that his city is pulling for him.
“Congratulations to Mickey! He is an impressive baseball player, and we are so proud that our Leucadia star will be joining the big league,” Gaspar said.
“Know that the city of Encinitas will be cheering you on, whoever and wherever you are playing. We’re excited for you to show the rest of the nation exactly what you’re capable of,” she added.
Moniak’s high school coach Justin Machado praised the star baseball field for his efforts on and off the diamond.
“Mickey was the epitome of a great student athlete; on the field and off Mickey was always working hard,” Machado said. “He may have a gold medal from Team USA, but that’s not what defines him. He’s a grounded, capable and level headed player — even at 18 years old, which is impressive. I can’t wait to watch him play his first major league game. We’re all so proud of him.”
Moniak and his parents will be present to receive his proclamation.
“We couldn’t be more proud of Mickey, and we’re excited that the city of Encinitas is showing him great support. Who knew our son would have a day named after him! It’s an incredible honor, and we’re so pleased to be a part of it.”
The official proclamation of Mickey Moniak will occur at the Sept. 14 city council meeting, which will be open to the public.