Yoan Moncada

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Yoan Moncada
Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada looks on from the dugout. (29997392685).jpg
Moncada with the Boston Red Sox in 2016
Chicago White Sox – No. 10
Second baseman / Third baseman
Born: (1995-05-27) May 27, 1995 (age 23)
Abreus, Cuba
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 2, 2016, for the Boston Red Sox
MLB statistics
(through August 31, 2018)
Batting average .225
Home runs 25
Runs batted in 78
Teams

Yoan Manuel Moncada Olivera (born May 27, 1995) is a Cuban professional baseball second baseman for the Chicago White Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Boston Red Sox.

Baseball career[edit]

Cuban career[edit]

Moncada made his debut for Cienfuegos of the Cuban National Series in 2012.[1] In his two years with Cienfuegos he hit .277/.388/.380 with four home runs and 21 stolen bases. Moncada left Cuba in June 2014 with permission of the Cuban government to pursue a career in Major League Baseball (MLB).[2][3]

Minor leagues[edit]

On February 23, 2015, the Boston Red Sox reportedly agreed to terms with Moncada, for a signing bonus of $31.5 million.[4] The contract was finalized on March 12.[5] He made his professional debut with the Greenville Drive of the Class A South Atlantic League on May 18.[6] In the winter of 2015, he was consistently cited as one of the top prospects in the Red Sox system.

Entering the 2016 season, MLB.com ranked Moncada as the 7th best prospect in Major League Baseball.[7]

Boston Red Sox[edit]

Moncada was called up and made his major league debut on September 2, 2016 against the Oakland Athletics. In his first plate appearance, he walked and subsequently scored a run. He earned his first major league hit the following day. Moncada finished the 2016 MLB season with a .211 batting average with 1 RBI after going 4-19.[8]

Chicago White Sox[edit]

On December 6, 2016, the Red Sox traded Moncada, Michael Kopech, Luis Alexander Basabe, and Victor Diaz, to the Chicago White Sox for Chris Sale.[9]

Moncada began the 2017 season with the Charlotte Knights of the Class AAA International League. On July 19, 2017, he was called up after the trade of Todd Frazier to the New York Yankees. Later that day, he made his Chicago White Sox debut against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He worked a walk in his first at bat against Kenta Maeda.[10]

On July 26, 2017, Moncada hit his first career major league home run off of Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs.[citation needed] On August 25, he was placed on the 10-day disabled list due to shin issues.[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yoan Moncada: the New Cuban Baseball Wonder Boy?". oncubamagazine.com. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Infield prospect Moncada leaves Cuba". Major League Baseball. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Cuban prospect Yoan Moncada cleared for free agency - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved February 23, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Red Sox land Cuban IF prospect Moncada". Retrieved September 11, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Red Sox Sign Cuban Prospect Yoan Moncada To Minor League Contract (Photo)". March 13, 2015. Retrieved September 11, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada debuts in Greenville". Retrieved September 11, 2016. 
  7. ^ "2016 Prospect Watch". MLB.com. MLB. Retrieved April 16, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Yoan Moncada Register Statistics & History | Baseball-Reference.com". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved 2016-10-24. 
  9. ^ Merkin, Scott (December 6, 2016). "White Sox get Moncada, 3 others for Sale". MLB.com. Retrieved December 6, 2016. 
  10. ^ Merkin, Scott (July 19, 2017). "White Sox stacked for future; Moncada up". MLB.com. Retrieved July 19, 2017. 
  11. ^ Adler, David. "Yoan Moncada goes on DL". MLB. Retrieved August 25, 2017. 

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