The Chicago White Sox know they have a defensive stud in Yoan Moncada. He was a top ten-hitter in 2019 and he struggled at the plate in 2020. A COVID-19 diagnosis made things strange for him but he is healthy and ready to go in 2021. We know that Moncada’s bat is incredible and that he will be able to pick up the pace again this year.
The Chicago White Sox needs Yoan Moncada to keep it up with his glove.
Despite the off-year offensively in 2020, he was nominated for the third base Gold Glove. He didn’t take it home but he looks like he might be trying to actually win it this year. The White Sox need some of these plays to continue in 2021 if they want to be a true World Series contender.
In Sunday’s afternoon spring training game against the Colorado Rockies, Moncada made a spectacular play. The White Sox were in the defensive shift for Dom Nunez of the Rockies so Moncada was standing where the shortstop normally stands. Nunez popped the ball up foul to the third-base side and tracked it all the way down while diving into the protective netting.
It was really an incredible catch for a spring training guy. It was a 0-0 game and Moncada wouldn’t have been ridiculed at all if he didn’t make the catch. He still put everything he had into tracking it down and pulling it in. That should be a good sign that he is all in and ready to go for this season. Baseball is a game that requires you to be confident and Moncada sure looks confident making catches like this.
If the White Sox see stuff like this from Moncada all season long, they will be so set. They were elite offensively in 2020 with little production from him too so if that improves you can expect them to be even more dangerous. As we have come to find out, he has an extremely high ceiling in all areas of the game.
Hopefully, highlights like this come in all season long with both his glove and bat. If they do, you can also expect some of that to rub off on teammates. This is going to be a monster year for number ten.