The Chicago White Sox series against the Texas Rangers showed us something pretty alarming about Yoan Moncada. He’s in a slump and it’s a big one. He’s not hitting the ball at all and it’s causing the White Sox some woes on offense.
They need hitters in their lineup and Moncada is not a hitter right now. It’s noticeable and it’s something that the White Sox needs to address.
Moncada has missed a little time with injury this season so he hasn’t played nearly the number of games of such players as Jose Abreu.
Moncada has played in a total of 63 games with 232 at-bats. His slash line is .198/.262/.315. Moncada has hit the ball 46 times, has come across home plate 22 times, has 30 runs batted in, and has 71 strikeouts.
As mentioned before, he has missed quite a bit of time with injuries this season already but in the action he has seen so far, he’s not being nearly as productive as he has been in the past.
The Chicago White Sox needs to get Yoan Moncada figured out at some point.
No one is quite sure why Moncada is having the issues that he is having. Maybe he’s hurt and no one knows about it. Maybe other teams have figured him out. Maybe this is just who he is at this point.
As baseball fans, we know that everyone goes through a slump at some point in a season. Moncada’s slump seems to be ongoing and never-ending. Granted, he has had his bright spots at times but the problems have outweighed the good things that he has done.
Moncada is a master at defending third base which is a plus for him. The question is, would you want to give up the defensive strength that Moncada has to add a player with a better bat? The answer? Yes, you would. That player is waiting in the wings down at AAA Charlotte.
That player is Jake Burger. You have to give him a shot again to see if his bat can get hot and replace the cold bat that Moncada currently has. Burger, when in the lineup, has performed well.
The only thing he really struggles with is defending third base. It would be awesome if you could take Burger’s batting and pair it with Moncada’s fielding. You would then have a solid third baseman that could not only defend well but hit the ball.
Moncada should be on a short leash moving forward but this Sox team has been hard to predict. Management has been doing things that one simply cannot explain and it’s hurt this team a lot. While the wise thing to do is to get a better hitter in the lineup, Tony La Russa and his staff are likely going to do otherwise.