Chicago White Sox: Getting Yoan Moncada ready for 2021

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The Chicago White Sox need to make sure Yoan Moncada is ready for the 2021 season.

After an MVP caliber 2019 season for the Chicago White Sox, Yoan Moncada got off to a strange start to 2020. It was a 60 game shortened season because of the COVID-19 pandemic and Moncada contracted the virus ahead of the season starting. He missed the early part of the Spring Training 2.0 that took place and was barely ready for Opening Day. You were able to tell that for most of the season, he was suffering from the impacts that the virus had on him.

He made comments about it making him feel fatigued throughout the season and it never really stopped. Well, the hope has to be now that he is able to work all winter to avoid that happening again in 2021. It should be one of the White Sox top priorities of the offseason.

Moncada is one of the key pieces to this team’s future success. He was the number one prospect in all of baseball when he came over to the White Sox in the Chris Sale deal. He showed that talent and then some in 2019 as he was a top ten hitter and an elite defensive third baseman. Things didn’t go quite that way in 2020 but we know that he is capable of elite production at the MLB level.

With Luis Robert, Eloy Jimenez, Tim Anderson, Jose Abreu, and Yasmani Grandal amongst others in the lineup, they were able to be so successful in 2020 as a team. If you add that elite Yoan Moncada production that he is capable of, we could be talking about one of the most dangerous lineups in the history of the team. That is why the organization needs to put a lot of resources into making sure Yoan is ready for next year.

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There is no reason to believe that Moncada won’t get back to that level either. All of the raw tools are there and they even showed during this tough 2020 year. Fans should have all the faith in the world that he will be much better next season after a long offseason of getting ready. When that happens, the White Sox could be world-beaters.

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