After trailing 2-0 early, the White Sox offense took off running today against the Royals. Led by top prospect Yoan Moncada, the White Sox managed to hit four home runs. Moncada got the offense going in the 5th inning, after he hit a two-run home run into the right field bleachers off of former Cubs pitcher Jason Hammel.
Not to long after, Avisail Garcia hit a two-run home run of his own, giving the White Sox a 4-2 lead, following that later in the inning, with his third home run of the spring, was Cody Asche, who is showing great promise, and has a great opportunity to make the cut on the opening day roster.
Cody Asche is going to make it a tough decision for the #WhiteSox later this month. He hits his third dinger of the spring.
— Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes) March 15, 2017
Moncada would later add on to that by hitting his second home run of the game and finished the day going 2-3 at the plate. In his past 3 starts, Moncada is starting to really show White Sox fans why he was the prize of the deal which sent Chris Sale to Boston, going 5-for-13 (2 2B, 2 HR, 7 RBI).
Moncada knows he wants to be on the opening day roster, but what are his chances? Before today’s performance, Moncada was struggling hitting .209 at the plate, striking out 13 times out of his 30 appearances at the plate. He looks to improve on that and keep putting in the work.
“You work with a purpose and my purpose is to play in the big leagues and to play in the big leagues with this team,” Moncada said through a translator. “To make the team out of spring training — that’s something that I can’t control. I’m just doing what I can control, to work hard and do my preparation and do what the coaches ask me to do. That’s the only thing I can do.”
The slow start in the spring should not worry anybody, and manager Ricky Renteria can agree to that:
“We like where it’s going, he’s improving and he’s a young man just scratching at the surface of what he can potentially can be,” Renteria said. “Time and experience will ultimately (tell) what he is.”
So, Moncada is just getting started and fans should be excited about what they have in a player like him. At 21-years-old, this young man is only beginning to see the contributions he will be making with this team in the future.
Maybe not now, but soon the White Sox fan base will be able to see Moncada and other top prospects such as, Michael Kopech, Lucas Gioloito and Zach Collins in action leading the charge in an attempt to win a World Series for the franchise for the first time since 2005.