No. 1 Prospect Moncada’s Star To Shine Bright In Chicago
- Updated: December 7, 2016
The Red Sox now look to be the team to beat in the AL East as they add Sale to an already stacked pitching staff. With 5-Time All-Star and 2012 Cy Young award winner in David Price, who finished 17-9 in 2016, 2016 Cy Young award winner in Rick Porcello, who was 22-4 in 2016, along with Steven Wright, who won 13 games in 2016, Boston should have a great run to the pennant in 2017.
As for the White Sox, they are building towards a strong future and adding Moncada is a big step in the right direction.
Moncada, 21, signed a contract with the Red Sox in 2015 with a record-setting signing bonus of $31.5 million for an amateur player.
The Cuban native, who started playing in the Cuban National Series in 2012 at 17 years old, played two seasons and combined he batted .278, with 58 runs, 11 doubles, four triples, four home runs, and 28 RBIs in 101 games.
After signing with Boston, he was placed on their Greenville Drive team in the South Atlantic League and in 81 games he batted .278, with 61 runs, 19 doubles, three triples, eight home runs, 38 RBIs, 49 stolen bases, and 42 walks.
In 2016, he was promoted to the Class-A Advanced Salem Red Sox and from April 4th to June 19th, he appeared in 61 games and batted .307, with 57 runs, 25 doubles, three triples, four home runs, 34 RBI’s, 36 stolen bases and 45 walks.
On June 21st, he was promoted to Double-A Portland Sea Dogs, and played through August 31st, spanning 45 games, while batting .277, with 37 runs, six doubles, three triples,. 11 home runs, 28 RBIs, and 27 walks.
Then on September 2, the top prospect made his Major League debut against the Oakland A’s going 0 for 1, with a run scored and a walk. The following night he recorded his first two-game of his career, finishing 2 for 5, with two runs scored, highlighted by a double. He continued the mini hit streak with two more hits in the final game against the A’s, going 2 for 4. Overall, in his eight games in the bigs, Moncada made an impression to other clubs, as a player worth taking a chance on.
The Red Sox wouldn’t have been at fault if they chose to stick with Moncada because of his great upside, but landing a top quality starter and inserting him into an already strong rotation, was just a no-brainer.
But the future looks bright for the White Sox and very soon, Moncada should be making a huge impact to the everyday line-up for many years to come.
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