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Game Of The Week: How Long Before Moncada Calls Fenway Home?

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The Boston Red Sox are staring their future right in the face and when they decide it is time to grant access to the majors to their top prospect, it will be the day the future star is finally where he belongs.

This star is non other than Yoan Moncada.

Moncada was signed by the Red Sox in 2015 and per an MLB Trade Rumors scouting report (March 12, 2015), he was deemed to be a superstar in the making:

Moncada, a 19-year-old switch-hitting infielder, is the most sought-after international prospect in recent history. Said to be a true five-tool talent, scouts have likened his upside to that of Robinson Cano and Chase Utley (in his prime). Prospect specialists at Baseball America, MLB.com, Baseball Prospectus and Fangraphs have all suggested that Moncada would rank in the top five to 15 prospects in Major League Baseball upon signing, which will make him Boston’s new No. 1 prospect. Unlike recent Cuban signings such as Jose Abreu and Rusney Castillo, however, Moncada will likely require at least one season in the minors — possibly two.

In his first season with the Red Sox Class A Full Season squad, the Cuban native batted .278, with 19 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 38 RBI and 49 stolen bases.

This season he was moved up to the Red Sox Class-A Advanced team in the Carolina League, and so far through 18 games, he is batting .324,  just had a 15-game hitting streak snapped on Thursday, and has hit safely in 16 of his first 18 games so far in 2016.

The #1 prospect has yet to show the power he displayed during his 2015 campaign with the Greenville Drive, but his knack for putting the ball in play is in full display.

Many are calling for the Red Sox to promote the young star to Double-A this season, and even with that move there isn’t much time before he is ready to make the jump to the big leagues.

The only obstacle that Moncada may face, especially if he remains at second base will be that Dustin Pedroia is signed until the 2021 season.

But Pedroia’s numbers have been in decline since he signed his extension in the summer of 2013. That year he finished the season batting .301, with nine home runs and 84 RBI’s. In 2014, his numbers dropped to a .278 batting average, with seven home runs and 53 RBI’s in 135 games.

Last season Pedroia appeared in only 93 games, re-aggravating a right hamstring injury which kept him out of the line-up from July 23 and returned on September 8th. His numbers were better even though he played in 42 fewer games, as he finished with 12 home runs and 42 RBI’s, while batting .291.

In 19 games thus far, Pedroia is batting .318, but soon enough, he may be faced with the possibility that a younger and better hitter is on the horizon waiting his turn to shine in Fenway.

Moncada will be the Red Sox next star, he will be what they are looking for, and the only decision that will need to be made is when and what position.

David Conde

David Conde

Co-Founder/Executive Editor at Legends On Deck®
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