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White Sox: 3 Observations from Opening Day Loss to Kansas City

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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - MARCH 28: Home plate umpire Jerry Meals #41 sweeps dirt off home plate with his foot prior to the Opening Day game between the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on March 28, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - MARCH 28: Home plate umpire Jerry Meals #41 sweeps dirt off home plate with his foot prior to the Opening Day game between the Chicago White Sox and the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on March 28, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images) /
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GOODYEAR, ARIZONA – MARCH 19: Yoan Moncada #10 of the Chicago White Sox makes a play on a bouncing ball during the second inning of a spring training game against the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark on March 19, 2019, in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)
GOODYEAR, ARIZONA – MARCH 19: Yoan Moncada #10 of the Chicago White Sox makes a play on a bouncing ball during the second inning of a spring training game against the Cincinnati Reds at Goodyear Ballpark on March 19, 2019, in Goodyear, Arizona. (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images) /

Yoan Moncada at third base

Yoan Moncada moved over to third base at the start of Spring Training and looked much better defensively at the position. After committing 21 errors at second base last season, Moncada had much better results at third base on Opening Day.

Moncada made two solid defensive plays for the Sox on Thursday. One of the plays was a grounder hit to him that he played cleanly and was able to get an out at first base.

The other play was to save a run after Adalberto Mondesi was on third base after hitting a triple. Mondesi was initially called out on a relay throw to third base from Yolmer Sanchez. Replay would later show Moncada didn’t apply the tag on Mondesi after he popped up from sliding into the base.

After a grounder was hit towards Moncada, he alertly threw to catcher James McCann to nab Mondesi at home plate. This was a very good head’s up play by Moncada. He also had a hit on the day and didn’t strikeout.

If Moncada can have results like he did on Thursday, he will very well be one of the Sox most improved players for 2019. Something that is needed for him and this fanbase.

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