Yoan Moncada is one of the more impressive players that has been through the Red Sox farm system in quite some time. By all accounts, he is a 5 tool player that has the potential to be an absolute megastar.
But how is he doing down there in Single A? People tend to lose interest or awareness once a player falls into a Farm System.
Yoan Moncada has impressed in his first season playing American baseball. In 65 games, he is hitting .282 with 35 steals in 38 attempts. He only has 6 home runs and 31 RBIs in almost 300 plate appearances, but expect those statistics to rise as he becomes more comfortable playing in the United States. While these numbers are great to begin with, his second half numbers are even more stellar. In the second half, Moncada's splits are .344/.439/.541. Thats not half bad. In Moncada's short time with the Red Sox, he has shown his speed, power and ability to hit from both sides of the plate.
But when are we going to see Moncada start making strides towards being a member of the big league club?
It is very important to remember that Moncada just turned 20 years old. He is in Single A Greenville right now, but there is a good chance that he gets a promotion before the end of the season. The Red Sox have been known to promote their young prospects from Greenville to Salem at the very end of the season. Two notable Red Sox players who were promoted and used it as a stepping stone to really take off are Mookie Betts and Manuel Margot.
Don't expect to see Moncada until 2017, but be extremely excited that he is lighting it up in the minors.
By Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS