Yoan Moncada
Yoan Moncada
23-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
Chicago White Sox
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Moncada took a step back in 2018. His K% edged up from 32% to 33.4% while his BB% slipped from 12.6% to 10.3%. He hit 5% more flyballs, but a drop in HR/FB from 18.2% to 11.7% mitigated the effect. He grades well in average exit velocity but fell back in barrel rate, helping explain the drop in power. Moncada's 12-for-18 mark in steals was disappointing after the speed he displayed in the low minors. He also displayed less range on defense, contributing to -5 defensive runs saved. There's a chance he's moved to third or the outfield, but for now the White Sox plan on keeping him at the keystone. Moncada will turn 24 in May, so there's no reason to lose faith, but he's near the point where skills maturation is needed if he's to live up to the hype. Titles are often won taking chances. While there aren't any signs his breakout is imminent, the acquisition cost has softened to the point the reward could outweigh the risk. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year contract with the White Sox in Feb. 2017.
White Sox-Tigers postponed
2BChicago White Sox
April 20, 2019
Moncada and the White Sox won't play Saturday against the Tigers after the game was postponed due to inclement weather in Detroit, Chris McCosky of The Detroit News reports.
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The two teams will make up the game as part of a doubleheader Aug. 6. Expect Moncada to return to action in Sunday's series finale.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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14
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+30%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+42%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+30%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+25%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .615 265 23 4 20 2 .223 .292 .324
Since 2017vs Right .797 703 98 27 81 15 .250 .336 .461
2019vs Left .739 23 4 0 5 0 .304 .304 .435
2019vs Right 1.053 64 13 6 13 2 .322 .375 .678
2018vs Left .585 168 12 2 10 1 .209 .287 .297
2018vs Right .759 482 61 15 51 11 .244 .324 .435
2017vs Left .641 74 7 2 5 1 .224 .297 .343
2017vs Right .804 157 24 6 17 2 .235 .357 .447
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+33%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+18%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .722 464 54 17 43 7 .223 .307 .415
Since 2017Away .769 504 67 14 58 10 .260 .340 .430
2019Home .816 38 5 3 10 1 .263 .263 .553
2019Away 1.088 49 12 3 8 1 .364 .429 .659
2018Home .720 312 35 10 24 5 .231 .312 .408
2018Away .710 338 38 7 37 7 .239 .318 .392
2017Home .688 114 14 4 9 1 .186 .307 .381
2017Away .809 117 17 4 13 2 .275 .368 .441
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How does Yoan Moncada compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.30
 
BB Rate
7.5%
 
K Rate
24.7%
 
BABIP
.368
 
ISO
.279
 
AVG
.314
 
OBP
.366
 
SLG
.593
 
OPS
.959
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After slashing .282/.377/.447 with 12 home runs and 17 stolen bases for Triple-A Charlotte to begin the season, Moncada was summoned back to the bigs for good on July 18. Other than a 10-game visit to the disabled list for a shin contusion in late August, Moncada was the White Sox's regular second baseman, a spot he'll likely occupy for the entirety of 2018. Moncada still has a lot of work to do, but especially down the stretch, he displayed the skills that has fans and fantasy enthusiasts salivating. After returning from the DL, Moncada hit .276 with five homers and two steals, scoring 11 while driving in 18. However, he also fanned 30 times in 109 plate appearances. Curiously, he may not be aggressive enough, taking strikes and falling into bad counts as his swing rate in and out of the zone are below average. Still just 22, Moncada has plenty of time to figure it out. Temper expectations this season, but his ceiling is still that of a fantasy stud.
Moncada was part of the headline with the biggest font this offseason, when Boston traded him along with three other prospects to the White Sox for Chris Sale. Widely considered the top prospect in the game, he moved from High-A Salem to the majors last season, both burnishing his prospect cred and exposing a potential hole at the upper levels. Moncada cruised through the Carolina League with a .923 OPS and 36 steals in 61 games for Salem before being promoted to Double-A Portland, where he clubbed 11 homers in 45 games. He showed all of his elite offensive tools, but with the higher level came a drastic increase in strikeouts. Pitch recognition and handling breaking balls are the final touches, but he'll hit. Defensively, he'll stick at second base for now, but he has the physical size and bat to play anywhere.
Moncada made his organizational debut for Boston last season, the Cuban defector's first game action since December 2013. He was kept behind in extended spring training and was then assigned to Low-A Greenville. He was slow to start – he hit .200 in his first 30 games – but Moncada hit his stride in the second half. He slashed .310/.415/.500/.915 with 45 steals after the All-Star break and has shot to the top of the organization’s prospect rankings. Moncada’s a well-built athlete who generates good bat speed and doesn’t cheat on his swing. He’ll hit for power and steal bases and has the tools to defend. He played second base at Greenville, but could move to third base or center field in the future. He plays the game with swagger and tends to be too flashy in the field. The Red Sox will probably challenge him at High-A Salem at some point this year.
Moncada may be the best young prospect to defect from Cuba this decade. While he lacks the pedigree and track record in international and professional league play of recent Cuban defectors who've become stars, Moncada may have the best all-around talent. He has excellent bat speed, plus raw power, outstanding speed with a plus arm. It's not clear if he'll play in the infield or outfield. It may take a few years before he's ready for the majors, but MLB teams will likely be willing to pay hefty taxes to blow past international signing limits to secure him. He should be a top prospect to grab in keeper leagues as a result.
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Clubs sixth homer
2BChicago White Sox
April 19, 2019
Moncada went 2-for-4 with a walk, a home run, two runs scored and two RBI in Friday's 7-3 win over the Tigers.
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Cleared to start Thursday
2BChicago White Sox
April 18, 2019
Moncada (head) will start at third base and bat second Thursday against the Tigers, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports.
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Tests negative for concussion
2BChicago White Sox
Head
April 17, 2019
Moncada tested negative for a concussion Wednesday.
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Lifted with possible injury
2BChicago White Sox
Head
April 17, 2019
Moncada was removed from Wednesday's game against the Royals in the seventh inning with a potential injury, Buster Olney of ESPN reports.
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Blasts two homers
2BChicago White Sox
April 16, 2019
Moncada went 2-for-4 with two solo home runs Tuesday against the Royals.
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