Suddenly the Chicago White Sox farm system is lush with talent. Following the trades of Chris Sale and Adam Eaton, the White Sox have one of the best minor league systems in the MLB.
Arguably the best player to come out of the White Sox two major trades is Yoan Moncada. Moncada was acquired in the Chris Sale trade and is not only the White Sox top prospect, but the best prospect in baseball according to MLB.com.
Moncada has appeared in 187 minor league games across two levels. He hit .287 with 23 homeruns, 100 RBIs and 94 stolen bases.
Moncada is a five tool prospect who could realistically be a 20/20 player every year of his MLB career. MLB.com wrote this about the top prospect:
Few middle infielders can match Moncada’s huge offensive ceiling, which earns him comparisons to Robinson Cano with more speed. He’s a switch-hitter with outstanding bat speed who makes consistent hard contact from both sides of the plate. Moncada has added some loft to his swing in 2016 and has the potential for 20-25 home runs per season.
Moncada’s best pure tool is his well-above-average speed, which he has put to good use with back-to-back 45-steal seasons and an 86 percent success rate in the Minors.
Moncada is expected to be a big part of the White Sox future. He is a face of the team’s rebuild, and will be a cornerstone piece of Chicago’s lineup for years to come.
White Sox fans have just watched the Chicago Cubs win the World Series. They want to get that same taste of victory. While it isn’t 108 years, 2005 was a long time ago. Yoan Moncada is expected to help the team get there.
While it may still be years away for the White Sox to reach the promised land, one reporter is already comparing Moncada to a key piece of the Cubs championship winning squad.
David Schoenfield is a writer for ESPN’s Sweet Spot blog. He recently wrote an article naming one player from every team who could be the next Ben Zobrist. Schoenfield listed one player on every team who could play multiple positions at a potential All Star level.
Moncada was his pick for the Chicago White Sox. However Schoenfield had this to say when writing about the Sox top prospect.
If there’s a “Next Zobrist” out there, this is the guy. Signed as a shortstop, he moved to second base and was then groomed as Boston’s future third baseman. Some believe he’s best suited for outfield, to best utilize his speed. Maybe he can become the rare third base/center fielder All-Star hybrid.
Out of the thirty players that Schoenfield listed, he considers Moncada to be the next Ben Zobrist. He notes that while Moncada has played shortstop, second base and short stop, his best position may be left field.
Moncada will likely start the season at AA, so White So fans will have to wait to see what he can do at the MLB level full-time. However, upon arrival he will be vital to the team’s success.
The top prospect is being billed as the team’s second baseman of the future. However if the White Sox make more trades, they could use Moncada in a multitude in positions. That versatility only adds to Moncada’s value.
Moving Chris Sale hurts, but getting a player who could be the next Ben Zobrist is almost too much to pass up.
The White Sox knew they were getting a special player in Yoan Moncada, but it’s unlikely they expected to get a potential World Series MVP. Fans are just hoping Moncada could help lead them back to the October Classic.
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