Yoan Moncada was a huge pickup for the Chicago White Sox by GM Rick Hahn. He traded All Star starting pitcher Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox for him. While Chicago is only 63 games into the season, Moncada is hitting with a low .227 average. Will he improve or is this the Yoan Moncada the White Sox are going to have in the future?
Yoan Moncada has gotten off to a slow start which is so fitting for the Sox. The Sox aren’t a contending team in 2018, in fact, they may be one of the worst. Only a few of their top guys are in the major leagues right now. Moncada being the star, the number one prospect in all of baseball, is flopping. Is this an overreaction? Yes, absolutely. Fans of rebuilding teams expect prospects to be stars from day one of being called up to the major leagues. It just isn’t realistic. Although some do pan out instantly, most take time to develop. Not every prospect turns into Mike Trout or Bryce Harper.
Fans need to keep in mind Moncada has played a total of 117 games with the White Sox since being called up last season. In fact, his career average is .229, not much better than this seasons current average. 117 games is far less than one season in the major leagues. Plenty of progress and progression to be made in the future as this is only a small sample of what should be a very long career. Patience is key in a rebuild, as it is going to go through some rough patches. We are still in June of the 2018 MLB Season. If Moncada is performing the same way in June of the 2019 season, then maybe fans should start to sweat a little. Have patience, there is plenty of time for young guys like Moncada, Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez to master their traits.