Saturday, April 14, 2018


One of the most popular and fought over sleepers among the hitting fraternity as 2018 fantasy baseball drafts got underway was no doubt Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton.  While Buxton took some extra time to find his groove in terms of being a major league hitter, his second-half breakout last season sent his ADP soaring this spring as everyone in the fantasy baseball community began believing the proverbial lightbulb went on.  How quickly these same individuals were to forget the 2015-16 horror show that was Buxton at the major league level as he was a human strikeout machine that soon generated talk that for all his natural speed and power, the kid simply couldn't hit the baseball enough to unleash those tools.  Well that refrain is now being used in full force from this peanut stand concerning Chicago White Sox second baseman Yoan Moncada who, just like Buxton, has been blessed with tremendous physical gifts such as blistering speed and top-end natural power.  Also like Buxton however, Moncada has been nothing but a strikeout machine at the major league level and it was that struggle he needed to overcome to firmly put himself onto the fantasy baseball map in 2018. 

Well consider that effort a complete failure two weeks into the season as Moncada has simply been a colossal bust across the board despite being handed the gift of the team's leadoff spot to begin the season.  Going into Friday's action, Moncada was hitting just .184 with 1 home runs and 0 stolen bases and his advanced metrics are downright scary.  On that front, Moncada has taken the whole strikeout bit to a whole other level as his current 42.1 K/9 rate is literally obscene.  While Moncada is drawing walks as he always has done (14.0 BB/9), opposing pitchers are going to town on the weaknesses in his swing and the results are so bad that the could be sent back down to the minor leagues if this keeps up.  Needless to say, Moncada is bordering on dropable in many fantasy baseball leagues and I can't automatically say that things will get better given the insane contact struggles.  Simply put, Moncada is not a capable major league hitter right now no matter how strong he is or how fast he can run.  Bench him outright if you want to continue to see if Moncada breaks out eventually but I am not holding my breath.  

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