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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

2017 FANTASY BASEBALL WELCOME TO THE SHOW: YOAN MONCADA 3B CHICAGO WHITE SOX

When it comes to the current state of prospects in Major League Baseball, there are the Chicago White Sox and then everybody else.  With an already insane haul of top shelf talent in the pipeline from previous trades last summer, the White Sox added to their farm system by acquiring top New York Yankees outfield prospect Blake Rutherford late Tuesday night in a package for Todd Frazier, David Robertson, and Tommy Kahnle.  With the roster now pretty barren, the team called up third base and consensus top five prospect overall in Yoan Moncada to make his debut on Wednesday.

Acquired from the Boston Red Sox last summer, Moncada is considered a true five-category future star who has amazing speed, athleticism, and power that is now starting to explode.  Prior to the promotion, Moncada was hitting .285 with 12 home runs and 17 stolen bases a Triple-A and so the category juice is already well established.  With all that said, Moncada does have a potentially big problem to deal with and that is strikeouts.  Even with all those glowing numbers on the farm this season, Moncada's 28.6 K/9 there is pathetic and obviously that number should go up immediately once he is in the majors.  That means Moncada's average is going to be a liability initially but the one good thing there is that he draws walks to help offset the damage with the whiffs (13.7 BB/9).  That walk rate is very impressive but again we don't want another Byron Buxton here in terms of a guy who has power and speed but couldn't hit a major league offspeed pitch.

Be that as it may, Moncada needs to be added everywhere.  The talent is real and obvious and as long as he gets the strikeouts under control at least somewhat, the steals and homers will begin to take off in earnest.


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