First Pitch: Mickey Moniak wins a bet

29 JUN 2016: 2016 first overall pick in the Major League Baseball amateur draft Mickey Moniak of the Phillies makes his professional debut during the Gulf Coast League (GCL) game between the GCL Phillies and the GCL Yankees East at Yankees Minor League Complex in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire)
(Photo by Cliff Welch/Icon Sportswire)

We’re just like you, trying to get through Hump Day in one piece. If you’re looking for a mid-week distraction, we’ve got you covered with some of the most interesting baseball coverage of the day.

Here’s today’s First Pitch:

Making the big leagues is the dream of all young players. Even experiencing the life of a major leaguer for just one day is a dream come true for most. At Gulfport High School, members of the baseball team got a bit of a chance to do just that as Yankees minor leaguer Jonathan Holder returned to his alma mater to speak — and play — with some of the school’s high school team as he prepares for the season to come.

Mickey Moniak was the first pick of the most recent MLB amateur draft. Mickey Moniak’s friend once bet him that if he was drafted in the top-10, he’d get Moniak’s name tattooed — on his butt. With No. 1 falling squarely in the top-10, Mickey Moniak’s friend now has his name tattooed on his derrière. CBS Sports documented the whole thing.

The Boston Red Sox signed Cuban outfielder Rusney Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract back in August of 2014. In the two-plus years since, he’s been injured and underwhelming, not even cracking the major league roster during much of his tenure. But coming off a strong winter ball showing, WEEI’s Rob Bradford wonders if he could be making the case for a return to the spotlight.

Dave Cameron is one of the best baseball thinkers and writers out there, and does weekly chats at FanGraphs covering a wide range of baseball topics. This week, he tackled topics such as the Rockies’ outlook in 2017, Andrew McCutchen’s future, Brian Dozier trade news, and a whole lot more. The transcript makes for a good read.

When it comes to Japanese pitchers, Shohei Otani (rightfully) is the first name most fans want to watch and read about. But he’s not the only talented young hurler to watch for in Japan. Jason Coskrey, writing for The Japan Times, profiles Yusei Kikuchi, who isn’t getting nearly the same hype but could be MLB-bound in the near future as well.

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