Yoan Moncada
Yoan Moncada
23-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Chicago White Sox
2018 Fantasy Outlook
After slashing .282/.377/.447 with 12 home runs and 17 stolen bases for Triple-A Charlotte to begin the season, Moncada was summoned back to the bigs for good on July 18. Other than a 10-game visit to the disabled list for a shin contusion in late August, Moncada was the White Sox's regular second baseman, a spot he'll likely occupy for the entirety of 2018. Moncada still has a lot of work to do, but especially down the stretch, he displayed the skills that has fans and fantasy enthusiasts salivating. After returning from the DL, Moncada hit .276 with five homers and two steals, scoring 11 while driving in 18. However, he also fanned 30 times in 109 plate appearances. Curiously, he may not be aggressive enough, taking strikes and falling into bad counts as his swing rate in and out of the zone are below average. Still just 22, Moncada has plenty of time to figure it out. Temper expectations this season, but his ceiling is still that of a fantasy stud. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the White Sox in Feb. 2017.
Reaches base four times
2BChicago White Sox
September 20, 2018
Moncada went 3-for-5 with a double, a walk, two RBI and a run scored in Thursday's victory over Cleveland.
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Moncada scored a run in the first inning before knocking a two-run double in the next frame. With Thursday's big night at the plate, the 23-year-old is up to 60 RBI and 51 extra-base hits in his first full MLB season.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+28%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+32%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+25%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+3%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .588 233 18 4 14 2 .207 .280 .308
Since 2016vs Right .753 628 84 21 67 12 .236 .325 .428
2018vs Left .565 155 10 2 9 1 .197 .273 .292
2018vs Right .745 455 58 15 49 10 .238 .317 .428
2017vs Left .641 74 7 2 5 1 .224 .297 .343
2017vs Right .804 157 24 6 17 2 .235 .357 .447
2016vs Left .500 4 1 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250
2016vs Right .517 16 2 0 1 0 .200 .250 .267
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+2%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+8%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+18%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .714 407 47 14 32 5 .216 .308 .406
Since 2016Away .703 454 55 11 49 9 .240 .318 .385
2018Home .726 292 33 10 23 4 .228 .309 .417
2018Away .675 318 35 7 35 7 .228 .303 .372
2017Home .688 114 14 4 9 1 .186 .307 .381
2017Away .809 117 17 4 13 2 .275 .368 .441
2016Home .000 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2016Away .541 19 3 0 1 0 .222 .263 .278
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How does Yoan Moncada compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.30
 
BB Rate
10.1%
 
K Rate
33.5%
 
BABIP
.340
 
ISO
.164
 
AVG
.234
 
OBP
.312
 
SLG
.397
 
OPS
.709
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Moncada was part of the headline with the biggest font this offseason, when Boston traded him along with three other prospects to the White Sox for Chris Sale. Widely considered the top prospect in the game, he moved from High-A Salem to the majors last season, both burnishing his prospect cred and exposing a potential hole at the upper levels. Moncada cruised through the Carolina League with a .923 OPS and 36 steals in 61 games for Salem before being promoted to Double-A Portland, where he clubbed 11 homers in 45 games. He showed all of his elite offensive tools, but with the higher level came a drastic increase in strikeouts. Pitch recognition and handling breaking balls are the final touches, but he'll hit. Defensively, he'll stick at second base for now, but he has the physical size and bat to play anywhere.
Moncada made his organizational debut for Boston last season, the Cuban defector's first game action since December 2013. He was kept behind in extended spring training and was then assigned to Low-A Greenville. He was slow to start – he hit .200 in his first 30 games – but Moncada hit his stride in the second half. He slashed .310/.415/.500/.915 with 45 steals after the All-Star break and has shot to the top of the organization’s prospect rankings. Moncada’s a well-built athlete who generates good bat speed and doesn’t cheat on his swing. He’ll hit for power and steal bases and has the tools to defend. He played second base at Greenville, but could move to third base or center field in the future. He plays the game with swagger and tends to be too flashy in the field. The Red Sox will probably challenge him at High-A Salem at some point this year.
Moncada may be the best young prospect to defect from Cuba this decade. While he lacks the pedigree and track record in international and professional league play of recent Cuban defectors who've become stars, Moncada may have the best all-around talent. He has excellent bat speed, plus raw power, outstanding speed with a plus arm. It's not clear if he'll play in the infield or outfield. It may take a few years before he's ready for the majors, but MLB teams will likely be willing to pay hefty taxes to blow past international signing limits to secure him. He should be a top prospect to grab in keeper leagues as a result.
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Collects three hits Friday
2BChicago White Sox
September 15, 2018
Moncada went 3-for-4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored in Friday's 8-6 win over the Orioles.
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Leading off Friday
2BChicago White Sox
September 14, 2018
Moncada (hip) will lead off and start at second base against the Orioles on Friday.
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Dealing with sore hip
2BChicago White Sox
Hip
September 12, 2018
Manager Rick Renteria said Moncada is dealing with a sore hip, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Hits bench Wednesday
2BChicago White Sox
September 12, 2018
Moncada is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Royals.
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Hitting leadoff again
2BChicago White Sox
September 9, 2018
Moncada went 1-for-4 with a double in Saturday's 12-3 loss to the Angels.
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