Chicago White Sox: Yoan Moncada is the most underrated player
The Chicago White Sox are in a good spot at this point in the season. Any White Sox fan would have signed up for 36-23 after 59 games without Eloy Jimenez and mostly without Luis Robert. They are a very deep team that everyone should take seriously and it is only going to get worse when they come back. In order to stay afloat in those situations, you need other stars to step up. Yoan Moncada has been that guy for the White Sox this year.
The Chicago White Sox are so lucky to have a player like Yoan Moncada right now.
You knew that the White Sox were going to go through a long painful rebuild when they traded Chris Sale in the middle of his prime knowing he had a chance to be a Hall of Famer. Luckily, they hit on that trade as they returned Moncada along with Michael Kopech. Boston won the World Series with Sale in 2018 so it was literally a win-win trade.
Moncada has turned into one of the best third basemen in the league. He makes fantastic plays at the hot corner and it is great to see because he wasn’t even a third baseman when he was traded. The White Sox changed him from an average second baseman to a Gold Glove-caliber third baseman.
Where Moncada is really starting to boom again is with his bat. He was phenomenal in 2019 and you can claim it was his breakout season. In 2020, he had COVID-19 before the season started and he never got his legs fully under him. It sounds like an excuse but when you watched the games you could tell that something was right.
Now, here we are in 2021 and he is the most underrated player in the league. You can argue that he is the best player on the White Sox right now. He currently has a remarkable 2.6 WAR thanks to his .294/.424/.431 slash line to go with his incredible defense. He also has 5 home runs, 30 RBIs, and 30 runs scored.
The fact that we feel like he isn’t even at his ceiling yet is amazing news for the White Sox organization. He is now starting to be talked about in the early MVP conversations for the American League. He has been the best player on the best team so it is fitting. He should be a first-time American League All-Star this year as well which is nice. He may be underrated right now but people are going to realize how good he is soon enough.