While the Red Sox have been struggling as of late going 3-7 over the last ten, I thought it would be appropriate to discuss something much more positive, and that is the organization’s top prospect, Yoan Moncada.
During Sunday’s game, Moncada went 3-4 with a double and a triple, and only a home run shy of hitting for the cycle. The 21-year-old, Baseball America’s number one mid-season top 100 MLB prospect, has been giving Red Sox fans something big to look forward to. Currently, for the Portland Sea Dogs, he is hitting .289/. 368/ .563.
Over the course of 93 games, between High-A Salem and Double- A Portland, Moncada has been an offensive powerhouse. He is batting .295/. 402/ .509 with 12 home runs, 30 doubles, 6 triples, 56 RBIs, and 44 stolen bases. He has shown he can hit for average, power, and even run the bases. There are many reasons to be excited about the prospect.
The organization is making strides to prepping the future star. Before he gets his call-up, the team has been having him work out at 3rd base and will eventually begin doing pre-game work in the outfield according to Red Sox General Manager, Mike Hazan. It is no surprise that the second baseman is being taught to familiarize himself with other positions as Dustin Pedroia is under contract until 2021. Moncada hasn’t played any other positions other than 2nd during a game yet, but there is a chance he will be given time at one of the alternative positions before the season ends.
It seems as if learning how to play 3rd and outfield is the last obstacle standing in front of Moncada and the Big Leagues. This offseason for Moncada will be important for the prospect, as it will determine if a permanent switch of position for him will give him a chance for his call-up.
Just to get you a little more excited, here are some clips of the stud: