Yoan Moncada
Yoan Moncada
23-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Chicago White Sox
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Moncada took a step back in 2018. His K% edged up from 32% to 33.4% while his BB% slipped from 12.6% to 10.3%. He hit 5% more flyballs, but a drop in HR/FB from 18.2% to 11.7% mitigated the effect. He grades well in average exit velocity but fell back in barrel rate, helping explain the drop in power. Moncada's 12-for-18 mark in steals was disappointing after the speed he displayed in the low minors. He also displayed less range on defense, contributing to -5 defensive runs saved. There's a chance he's moved to third or the outfield, but for now the White Sox plan on keeping him at the keystone. Moncada will turn 24 in May, so there's no reason to lose faith, but he's near the point where skills maturation is needed if he's to live up to the hype. Titles are often won taking chances. While there aren't any signs his breakout is imminent, the acquisition cost has softened to the point the reward could outweigh the risk. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a one-year contract with the White Sox in Feb. 2017.
Could see reps at third base
2BChicago White Sox
December 11, 2018
Manager Rick Renteria said Moncada could play some third base in spring training, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
Renteria apparently talked to Moncada about playing third base in 2018, and the 23-year-old was open to it. While the added positional flexibility won't hurt, Moncada figures to provide more fantasy value as a second baseman. The 23-year-old hit .235/.315/.400 with 17 homers and 12 steals across 149 games last season.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .600 246 20 4 15 2 .215 .290 .311
Since 2016vs Right .764 655 87 21 69 13 .241 .330 .433
2018vs Left .585 168 12 2 10 1 .209 .287 .297
2018vs Right .759 482 61 15 51 11 .244 .324 .435
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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Since 2016Home .710 427 49 14 33 6 .219 .310 .400
Since 2016Away .727 474 58 11 51 9 .247 .328 .399
2018Home .720 312 35 10 24 5 .231 .312 .408
2018Away .710 338 38 7 37 7 .239 .318 .392
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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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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.
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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Doubles twice Saturday
2BChicago White Sox
September 30, 2018
Moncada went 2-for-5 with two doubles in Saturday's 8-3 loss to the Twins.
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Sitting for first game of twin bill
2BChicago White Sox
September 28, 2018
Moncada is not in the lineup for the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Twins, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Position change in future?
2BChicago White Sox
September 27, 2018
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Moncada has the ability to defend at positions other than second base, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. "He has the athleticism also to be an above-average defender at other positions too. It's a subject for further conversation," said Hahn.
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On bench Monday
2BChicago White Sox
September 24, 2018
Moncada is not in the lineup Monday against Cleveland.
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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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