The Chicago White Sox had an incredible 2020 season with very little production from Yoan Moncada. He was a Gold Glove-caliber defensive third baseman but he never got it going with his bat. A lot was made about his COVID-19 diagnosis which is claimed to have affected his performance at the plate. Now, he is healthy and looking to get back on track. He was one of the best hitters in the American League during the 2019 season so we know he can do it.
Yoan Moncada is a big part of the present and future of the Chicago White Sox.
Moncada went into Monday’s spring training game with awesome numbers. He had reached base safely in 12 straight games. He hit .345/.486/.483 (10-29) with four doubles, two RBIs, and six walks in that span. He has been red hot and it carried into the Monday game as well. He made it a 13 game on-base streak with a big double. He then scored when Eloy Jimenez hit a home run in the very next plate appearance.
Moncada is now at a .306 batting average for the whole spring. It is right where we saw his batting average during the 2019 season when he was a borderline MVP candidate. If he is able to get back to that this year, the lineup will be even more dangerous.
The last time Moncada felt this good about his game, the White Sox had a significantly worse lineup around him. With the additions of Luis Robert, Andrew Vaughn, Yasmani Grandal, and Nick Madrigal along with some more development to other people, it is an incredible group of hitters. With Moncada carrying his own weight, they are going to be so lethal.
One of the most important things that the White Sox had to do over the offseason was made sure Yoan Moncada was healthy and feeling good. It appears based on spring training that is happening. This team legitimately has World Series potential if Moncada (along with everyone else) plays to their potential.