White Sox third baseman continued his hot start to the season in the team’s home-opening win. There’s still plenty of room for fans to join the bandwagon.
The White Sox were able to win their home opener on Friday against the Seattle Mariners thanks in large part to contributions from Yoan Moncada. With the win, Sox fans should take advantage of the room left on Moncada’s bandwagon as the third baseman is off to a hot start this season.
Last year, in his first full MLB season, Moncada struggled mightily. There were many Sox fans who were quick to label him a bust and even renamed him ‘Yoan Bust-cada’. Now, through the first week of the season, Moncada is starting to get more support from Sox fans and is having better results at the plate and in the infield.
Since moving over to third base at the start of Spring Training, Moncada has appeared to field much better at the position and look more comfortable at the plate. He’s hitting .458 through the Sox first six games with two home runs and a 1.394 OPS. On Friday, Moncada had two hits and four RBIs in the Sox 10-8 win over the Mariners.
He came up clutch twice for the Sox. Moncada nearly hit a grand slam for the Sox in the first inning of their game on Friday. He would then later hit a two-run single to put the Sox ahead in the seventh inning after they managed to lose a 6-1 lead over the Mariners. Both of his hits on Friday came with two strikes as well.
Moncada having a strong start to his season is certainly good news for the Sox and their fans. After an offseason where the franchise didn’t sign a premier free agent, Moncada’s early emergence as a quality player has helped Sox fans cope to begin this season. Moncada was once a top prospect in MLB and although his 2018 wasn’t what many would have hoped, he can make many people forget about it with a strong 2019 season.
If Moncada can continue producing well offensively and defensively, the Sox can surely have better results this season. Moncada doesn’t have the pressure of being the Sox savior anymore which should allow him to continue developing at the major league level. For Sox fans, they might want to join the Moncada bandwagon sooner rather than later.