White Sox: Yoan Moncada Development Key in 2018

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 22: Yoan Moncada
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 22: Yoan Moncada /
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The White Sox won’t be ready to contend in 2018 but the growth of Yoan Moncada is key to their future.

The Chicago White Sox won’t be contenders in 2018. And that’s okay. What’s important is their youngsters continue to develop. The development of Yoan Moncada is key to the team’s future. By all accounts he is their future superstar and face of the franchise. So it’s important he take that next step and continue his growth into a superstar.

The 22-year-old had his moments in 2017. Other times he looked bad. But that’s to be expected. He’s yet to play a full season in the majors. And he is still learning how to play at the major league level. He dominated in the minors but hitting against MLB pitching is something that takes time to get used to.

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Moncada displayed some of the raw power we knew he possessed. He did that to the tune of eight home runs and 22 RBIs in 54 games. If you track that out over 162 games, that’s 24 home runs and 66 RBIs. Obviously it’s not an exact science, but the potential is there. Moncada also showed some good discipline at the plate and is willing to take a walk.

One area of improvement for 2018 is the batting average. He hit just .231 in 2017. Again, he doesn’t have much experience so we shouldn’t expect him to come up and hit over .300. I think he could definitely be a guy who hits for both average and power, he just needs time. That’s why his development is going to be so key to the White Sox future.

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The youngster showed he is ultra talented. He just needs more experience. And he’s going to get that next season. Moncada will definitely open the season as their everyday second baseman. And he will play a key role in their lineup. The White Sox will rely on him to produce both on offense and defense. Eventually this will be his team. They’re lofty expectations but as long as he stays healthy, there’s no reason why he can’t become a top five player in the MLB.