Chicago White Sox: Can Yoan Moncada be an MVP in 2020?
The Chicago White Sox might have an MVP level player on their hands in Yoan Moncada but there is a big factor in whether or not he can do it.
The Chicago White Sox traded a superstar pitcher in the middle of his prime and they knew that the trade would be one that they needed to hit on in order for their rebuild to be successful. That appears to have happened as they love what they have in Yoan Moncada and Michael Kopech. Moncada, in particular, is turning into a true superstar. He had a breakout season in 2019 so that begs the question of whether or not he can be an MVP level player in 2020.
Moncada was a 4.6 WAR player in 2019 on a below-average White Sox team. He had a great slash line of .315/.367/.548 to go with 25 home runs and 79 RBIs. That .315 batting average was good enough for the third-best average in the entire American League. He had a great season for the White Sox and he is just getting started.
He moved from second base to third base during spring training and that really helped him. He went from an average defensive second baseman to an above-average third baseman in the field and it may have helped his focus in the game as a whole because his stats at the plate drastically improved as well.
If Yoan Moncada is able to improve on a season like that he is going to eventually be in MVP conversations. He might need some help from other teammates to elevate his status as one of the best players in the league as the White Sox needs to be really good to garner the attention of some other teams. If they start to bloom into one of the elite teams in the league, other fan bases will start to realize how great Moncada really is.
If they do in fact turn the corner he could be in these MVP conversations as soon as next year. He also needs to stay healthy for the majority of the year and he will be golden. 2020 is going to be a huge year for Moncada and all fans should be super excited for what he may be able to bring to the table. He is the best all-around player in the organization and is showing exactly why he was the number one prospect in the world for a long time.