The Chicago White Sox have activated third baseman, Yoan Moncada, off of the injured list. After dominating for the Charlotte Knights of AAA in a rehab assignment, he looks poised to have a big season with a great team in 2022. They started playing well right in time for his arrival.
Moncada hasn’t brought tons of power to the table but we know he can. What he does do is bring at-bats that see a lot of pitches and end up reaching base at a high clip. That is perfect for the two-hole on this team right now.
Tim Anderson is going to always lead off as long as he is on this team and playing at his best. Luis Robert, Jose Abreu, Andrew Vaughn, Yasmani Grandal, and Eloy Jimenez all have more power than Moncada which is why they are perfect for 3-7 in the order.
With Moncada and Anderson ahead of those guys, they will see better pitches and give the power bats an opportunity to drive in runs more often than not. As Yoan returns, this is clearly the best place for him right now. Things could change.
It sounds like, based on some comments from Tony La Russa on Sunday, that this will be the case upon his return. He seems to like the things that Moncada can bring to that part of the batting order.
Batting second for the Chicago White Sox will be perfect for Yoan Moncada.
This lineup is going to look so good when everyone returns healthy and ready to go. The offense hasn’t been all that great to start the year but it is coming. The weather is heating up and the baseball will be flying all summer long.
AJ Pollock has been hitting second for a few games and it hasn’t worked out as well as we might have thought. We know, based on his career, that he is a good player. He just hasn’t found that rhythm with the Chicago White Sox yet.
Moncada coming back will allow Pollock to take a step down in the lineup and get back on track. If that happens, with the return of guys like Vaughn and Jimenez, this group could be very good. We know that the pitching will match so exciting times are ahead.
If Yoan can give that aforementioned power just a little bit more, the White Sox will win even more games. Hopefully, this is another spark for a team that is already starting to look like the good version of themselves again.