White Sox promote top prospect after making blockbuster trade. Young infielder had solid season for Triple-A Charlotte.
After finalizing a deal that sent Todd Frazier, Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson to New York, a much-needed roster spot was dire to be filled. Little did White Sox fans know that this trade would be overshadowed by the call up of the number one prospect in all of baseball, Yoan Moncada.
Throughout the season, the current rebuilding Sox have made it clear that they would not rush the switch hitting second baseman by any means. Although a set date or time period was never made certain, analysts had an idea that this moment would be somewhat inevitable as the season went on. A moment that we’ve all been eager to finally begin as Sox fans, in which all the hype and predictions will finally come to fruition.
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When Moncada was originally singed out of Cuba by the Boston Red Sox in 2015, he received a $31.5 million bonus, shattering the Cuban record before owned by Aroldis Chapman. Following a stellar first season, Moncada jumped to the number three prospect in baseball according to Baseball America.
Potential and success only increased from there on out, as Moncada improved after each call up, which landed him on Boston’s major league roster at the end of the 2016 season. The rapid success came to a halt in his brief appearance with the Red Sox, having a slash line of .211/.250/.263.
After becoming the initiating piece in the White Sox decision to rebuild, the expectations have only grown for the 22-year old. “Robinson Cano with more speed” was the scouting report MLB pipeline writer Jim Callis gave to the young phenom. A scouting report possibly greater than any prospect has ever received.
At the end of the day, all these comparisons and scouting reports are smoke and mirrors. Its one thing to show your worth and talent in the minor leagues, but once the stage gets a little bigger, that’s when you find out what these prospects are truly made of. It’s what makes this so enticing for not only Sox fans, but baseball fans in general.
Either we could witness another young stud enter the array of young super stars now in the league or watch another potential talent dissipate into nothing. The only thing that is certain now, we’ll find out sooner rather than later.