White Sox young second baseman having a decent final month of the season after struggling mightily throughout much of his first full year in the Majors.
Yoan Moncada has received a lot of criticism from White Sox fans this season. He has struggled at times with strikeouts and poor defense, but he’s also shown glimpses of what his potential could be in MLB. In the final month of the season, Moncada is playing much better offensively and defensively.
In the White Sox 5-4 win over the Cleveland Indians in 11 innings on Thursday night, Moncada went 3-for-5 with a double. He improved his slash line on the season to .231/.309/.397. Most importantly, however, he’s hitting .297 in the month of September.
This has been his best month of the season after he hit just .212 in August, and .231 in July. Although Moncada has received criticism from some Sox fans this year, he’s rebounded from poor months to put together his best month of the year this September. He is still struggling with strikeouts as he has struck out 20 times at the plate this month.
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Moncada has already eclipsed more than 200 strikeouts this season. He currently has 206 strikeouts. After striking out three or more times in four games in August, Moncada has only two games this month where he had three or more strikeouts at the plate. Despite going 1-for-4 on Wednesday against Cleveland, Moncada had three strikeouts.
What many fans overlook is Moncada’s youth in regards to his high strikeout total. Yes, Moncada strikes out at an alarming rate, but he’s just 23 years old and he still has room to improve. This is also his first full season in MLB and he should get better at recognizing which pitches to hit with two strikes and which pitches he should take.
Moncada alone will not determine if the Sox current rebuild will be successful. He will, however, be an integral part of the success of this franchise moving forward if he can reach his potential. There’s no need to label Moncada a bust after his first full major league season. Much like the future of this team, Moncada’s future continues to remain bright.