Yoan Moncada needs to be better for the Chicago White Sox in 2021.
The 2020 season was weird for a lot of players in Major League Baseball. Some players were their normal selves all year long but some weren’t as dominant as they are in normal years. Yoan Moncada was one of those players who struggled for most of the season. He did come down with COVID-19 right before the Chicago White Sox came back and it seemed to hinder him for most of the season.
He wasn’t the elite hitter that we know he can be but he was able to take his game to the next level defensively. He was nominated for a Gold Glove at third base for his efforts which tells us how good he can be during a full season at third base. It is important to be that good at the hot corner. The White Sox are going to score a lot of runs with their current starting lineup so making sure they pitch well and play good defense is very important.
The issue for him in 2020 was, as mentioned before, his offense. He wasn’t able to replicate what he did in 2019 when he had the third-best batting average in the American League and was a top-ten hitter in Major League baseball. It was the last full season so the hope has to be that he can get back to that level if they play a full season in 2021.
If you had to guess, you should probably assume that he is going to be amazing once again in 2021. 2020 was tough but he has the tools to take what didn’t work in 2020 and change it. He was the number one prospect in all of baseball for a reason so he isn’t going to take a season like that likely. He has already tasted success and knows what it is like to be one of the best players in the game.
When Moncada was dominating the 2019 season, the rest of the team wasn’t even close to as good as it is now. When he was struggling at the plate, the team had one of the best offenses in the game. Imagine what they can do as a group if Moncada gets back to being an elite hitter with this offense around him. It is very exciting to think about how good this player can be in 2021 and beyond.