Chicago White Sox slugger Yoan Moncada has really started to break out of his slump.
Moncada had typically been batting in the cleanup spot for the White Sox and since moving up one spot into the three-hole, Moncada has been having much better at-bats. Having the protection of reigning AL MVP Jose Abreu batting behind him seems to have been the confidence boost that Moncada needed.
Looking at the other side of the ball, Moncada is playing gold glove-like defense at third base. He was a finalist for the American League Gold Glove award in 2020 and he has continued his stellar defense and has used his glove to contribute when his bat could not.
Early on in the season, it seems the third baseman is a bit more comfortable at home. He produces a slash line of .276/.323/.483 at home compared to when the Sox are on the road where he produces a slash line of .200/.356/.257.
The organization knows what Moncada is capable of because his 2019 campaign remains very present in the thoughts of the coaching staff and the organization. With only 19 games played so far, there is still a lot of time for Moncada to continue to get better at the plate. They know that if he was able to get back to that level of production, this team’s offense can truly be something special.
Moncada has both the work ethic and potential to consistently be amongst the best hitters in baseball and with the White Sox getting back key pieces in their lineups such as Tim Anderson and Billy Hamilton. With Adam Engel nearing his return, Moncada is choosing the right time to heat up. This lineup is as elite as it gets in Major League Baseball and Moncada needs to be a huge part of it.