The Chicago White Sox did not have the best April months of all time. There is a lot of season left for them to get the ship headed in the right direction but they need to act fast. You can’t make the playoffs in the first two months of the season but you can sure miss them. One player that might be able to help with that is Yoan Moncada.
Getting healthy is one of the biggest keys for the team in general and few are as important as Moncada. He is the team’s Gold Glove-caliber third baseman. He left a lot to be desired at the plate in 2021 and 2020 but he is still a really good hitter.
Adding someone who works counts and approaches at-bats with patience like he does is really going to help this team. He might be the seventh-best pure hitter on the team but he helps everyone around him in many ways by driving up pitch counts and he gets one base.
One critique is the aforementioned power numbers. We saw them in full force in 2019 but he hasn’t been the same since. He can be considered one of the best third basemen in the American League if he were to start hitting for power just a bit more frequently.
The Chicago White Sox needs Yoan Moncada back as soon as possible.
Well, he might be on that path already. He is currently wrapping up a rehab assignment in AAA with the Charlotte Knights. He is probably going to make his 2022 season debut in just a few days here and that is really good news for the White Sox.
It is even better knowing that he is feeling good about his game right now. On Sunday afternoon, he hit a very long home run in his AAA game with Charlotte. We know he has the potential to do that a lot at the Major League level and we just need to see it more often.
As also mentioned before, the White Sox use Moncada at third base where he is elite defensively. Jake Burger does everything the right way and has earned a spot even when Moncada returns. However, he might have to DH or play second base as Moncada is the mainstay and deservedly so.
Once Moncada comes back into the Chicago batting order, the White Sox will be closer to being a fully healthy baseball team. That will certainly make them a lot more dangerous so they can get back to being one of the best in the AL.