- In Double A, at 21 years old Yoan is batting .301 with 12 HR this season which is outstanding for someone 21 years of age at the AA level
- He flys on the basepaths already having 93 minor league steals
- He is already physically developed at 6’2” and 205lbs
- He won MVP of the World vs. US Futures Game
Second off, I fully expect Moncada to be called up by August 31st. With the recent call up of Andrew Benintendi, it makes perfect sense to have Moncada be called up and split some time with Travis Shaw at third base to get him some experience as the Red Sox hope to make a run in the fall. Also, it’s time to call Moncada up because the Sox are looking for a spark to get them back on the winning track, and nothing shouts out energy more than a 21 year old prospect coming up and getting a few big hits. That truly could be all that it takes to put the Sox back on a winning track, and there would be no better time to do so as the playoffs rapidly approach us.
Lastly, looking forward to the future and next year, we could be looking at another young but highly talented Sox team hoping to make a run. Starting bats in the lineup could include Edwin Encarnacion, Hanley Ramirez, Pedroia, Moncada, Benintendi/Holt, Bogaerts, Betts, Bradley, and Sandy Leon behind the dish. Putting Moncada at third base will round out not only the infield, but also at a quick bat with great speed to the lineup.
All in all, Yoan Moncada could turn out to be one of the greatest signs in Red Sox history, and totally negate mistakes like Pablo Sandoval and Rusney Castillo. Plus, with both contracts running out within the next few years, the Sox will have the cap space to sign back stars like Betts, Bogaerts, and Bradley, and maybe even pursue more viable starting pitching options.
I think we are truly in for a show in the next few seasons, and like myself, I cannot wait to get that alert on my phone that Moncada was called up. But until then, all we can do is follow and anxiously await the big league debut of Benintendi tomorrow night, and Moncada hopefully in the near future.