Yoan Moncada is the face of the Chicago White Sox rebuild that they are just about done with.
December 6th, 2016 was a crazy day for Chicago White Sox fans. That was the day that we learned that a painful rebuild was ahead instead of trying to win with what they had. It was clear what needed to be done but that meant that they needed to get rid of some great players. It all started with their best player, Chris Sale. Chris Sale was a Cy Young candidate every season with the White Sox but they weren’t winning enough with him on the roster.
On that fateful day, the rebuild began as the White Sox acquired Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, and two other prospects from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for Chris Sale. It was sad but when you started to dive deep into it, it was something that had a chance to work out for both teams and it has. The Red Sox won the World Series with Chris Sale as their ace and the White Sox have a chance to win a World Series with Moncada and Kopech.
Michael Kopech is a great hard-throwing arm that has a chance to become a superstar but Moncada was the prized possession in the trade. Because he was the number one baseball prospect in the world along with being the key piece in their first “rebuild-move” makes him the face of the rebuild as a whole.
You can argue that Eloy Jimenez and Luis Robert coming on board are just as important but Moncada was the first move. When they acquired him, they told the world that they are willing to be bad for a few years and then come out as a dominant organization on the other side. He has a chance to be one of the best players in the league and fans should be excited that he is with their team.
If this team ever does win the World Series, we will look back and discuss how they got there and what made them successful. The conversation will be the time they got a big haul in a trade for Chirs Sale and Moncada was the biggest piece. His arrival was so important to the organization’s future success and that makes him the face of the rebuild. Hopefully, he is able to be on the field as one of their best players when they finally are the last team standing once again.