Just a year shy of the official signing of Yoan Moncada, we finally get to see the spring debut of the highly anticipated 20-year-old Cuban second baseman. He is now a boy among men, trying to turn heads in Ft. Myers. And yes, he now has Red Sox Nation’s attention
Last year he put up strong numbers while playing for the Single-A Red Sox affiliate Greenville Drive, showing a .278 batting average, .380 on base percentage, and a .438 slugging percentage. Along with those numbers, he also had eight home runs to his name with 38 runs batted in, and 49 stolen bases in only 81 games. He has shown the potential to be a five-tool player while playing in Greenville. As a result of his successful stint in Greenville last year, he was given the call this spring.
Moncada, as soon as he got the invitation to major league camp, didn’t waste any time, recording two hits in the Boston College and Northeastern University double header. The performances in the annual college scrimmages earned him a second call-up on Wednesday.
Moncada went 0-2 at the plate with an impressive eight-pitch walk and a run scored in the Grapefruit League matchup against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Despite a mediocre performance, he did make a strong impression with the club. The impression that was left was the size and muscularity of this prospect. His 6’2″, 215-pound build, with quick hands and smooth glove work, will certainly intrigue fans to watch his progress throughout the remainder of the spring.
However, at the age of 20, Moncada is still just a kid. Even though the Red Sox as of late have had luck with young prospect call-ups, such as Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts, fans may need to be patient with what Moncada is going to bring to the team. Even though he has shown to be a great second baseman, he will most likely need to make the switch to the outfield or elsewhere, with the spot being locked down by Dustin Pedroia. On top of regular development issues this can also prolong his major league call-up. For now, let’s just watch Moncada grow into the player he has the potential of being because he is going to grow into something special.