White Sox have a potential star in the making with top prospect. Can the native Cuban eventually become face of franchise on the South Side?
Chicago White Sox top prospect Yoan Moncada is getting acclimated to camp with the South Siders in Glendale, Ariz. Although the highly-touted prospect had a brief MLB stint with the Boston Red Sox last season, he still has room for improvement in order to establish himself a major leaguer.
The number two prospect in baseball according to mlbpipeline.com enters Spring Training as a long shot to make the team. With Brett Lawrie and Tyler Saladino ahead of him for the second base job, Moncada could very well start the season in the minors.
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Although Moncada could start in the minors, once he makes his debut with the Sox, he could find himself becoming the face of the franchise in the future. The Sox don’t necessarily have a definitive face at the moment after trading its most popular player in Chris Sale this past offseason. Yes, the Sox still have Jose Quintana, Todd Frazier and Jose Abreu on the team but each player could be traded by the trading deadline on July 31.
The Sox need a younger player that can become its next face as they enter a new era on the South Side. Tim Anderson could be a viable candidate along with Moncada. However, Anderson has described himself as more of a ‘low-key guy’ in recent interviews.
Moncada on the other hand, could be the franchise face the Sox need in the future. With a younger team on the horizon, the Sox will need a positive face that attracts fans to the ballpark. If Moncada can live up to his potential as a future star, he could very well help this organization sell more tickets for home games and attract more television viewers.
For now, Moncada isn’t focusing on any of his hype from fans and the media according to Scott Merkin of whitesox.com. Moncada has gone on record stating he is just trying to work hard each day and show the Sox coaching staff what he can do.
The Sox have a bright future after its recent offseason trades which included acquiring Moncada. Although Moncada is still young at 21, he could very well become the face of the Sox franchise in the near future. Hopefully, the front office continues to add depth to the organization to build a contending team very soon.