Yoan Moncada Third Base-Second Base

     
 


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Born: May 27, 1995
Abreus, Cuba
Height: 6-0
Weight: 210
Bats: Both
Throws: Right
How Acquired: International free agent (Mar. 2015)

Photo © Kelly O'Connor


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Notes from the Field: Day One (3.17.16)
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Traded to Chicago (AL) with Luis Alexander Basabe, Victor Diaz, and Michael Kopech for Chris Sale (December 2016)

Physical Description: Stands out on the field. Filled out, mature frame. Not the typical build of someone his age. Very muscular, strong upper body and lower half.  

Hit: Similar swing from both sides of the plate. Fluid; short, but powerful. Swing has a slight uppercut and two-handed finish. Controlled swing, but has explosive hands and bat speed. Gets body into swing; clears hips and whips the bat through the zone. Swing is more natural from the left side, from which hes quicker and more direct to the ball. Potential plus hit tool.  

Power: Plus power potential. Slightly more power from the left side. Ball makes a different sound off his bat. Natural uppercut in swing creates backspin. Plus raw power. Has shown the present ability to drive the ball over the fence. Excellent separation in swing and swing finish allows him to generate loft.  

Arm: Plus arm strength. Could play at any position.  

Field: Has the tools to be a plus defender, but needs consistent reps. Plays defense with a certain swagger, with a tendency to field balls off to the side and attempt flashy glove flips and off-balance throws. Seems to lose some focus on routine ground balls and boot them. Quick hands, but not necessarily the softest. Needs to work on glove-to-hand transfer. Physically profiles better at third base or center field, but will start off his career at second base, where he is most comfortable.  

Run: Plus speed. Takes a little time to get going, but once he does can really move. Long strides, fluid runner.  

Career Notes: Signing bonus obliterated previous MLB record for a minor league contract. Did not defect, but rather was granted a visa and passport and allowed to leave Cuba. Agent was a CPA before he began representing Moncada. Bidding involved the Yankees, Dodgers, and Padres. Has accumulated a number of injuries in first two seasons in the U.S.: Professional debut was delayed due to May 2015 shoulder strain. Did not play winter ball in Puerto Rico in 2015 due to bruised hand suffered on a hit-by-pitch in Fall Instructional League. Missed 12 games in August 2016 due to ankle sprain suffered while sliding. Left 2016 Arizona Fall League early due to left thumb sprain. Moved to third base in August 2016.

Summation: All-star potential, one of the top prospects in baseball. True five-tool potential. Very exciting player, would likely have been the first overall pick if he was available in the 2015 draft. Plays the game with swagger. Could take some time to adjust to the rigors of pro ball after not having played in a game since December 2013. Will start his career at second base, but has the tools to play another position.

 
   
  Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
  2012 Cienfuegos CNS Cuba --- 17 56 138 26 39 4 1 1 15 48 20 35 13 5 0.283 0.414 0.348 0.762
  2013 Cienfuegos CNS Cuba --- 18 45 195 32 45 7 3 3 13 67 20 34 8 6 0.273 0.365 0.406 0.771
  2014 DNP - Not Cleared --- --- --- 19 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2015 Greenville SAL A Bos 20 81 306 61 85 19 3 8 38 134 42 83 49 3 0.278 0.380 0.438 0.817
  2016 Salem Car A+ Bos 21 60 224 55 68 24 3 3 33 107 45 59 36 8 0.304 0.426 0.478 0.904
  2016 Portland EL AA Bos 21 45 177 37 49 6 3 11 28 94 27 64 9 4 0.277 0.379 0.531 0.910
  2016 Boston AL MLB Bos 22 8 19 3 4 1 0 0 1 5 1 12 0 0 0.211 0.250 0.263 0.513
  2016 Surprise AFL Fall Bos 22 6 24 6 7 1 0 1 3 11 3 10 1 1 0.292 0.370 0.458 0.829
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: YOE-ahn mon-CAH-duh
First Pro Contract:
March 12, 2015 (Boston)
Signing Bonus: $31,500,000
MiLB Debut: May 18, 2015 (Greenville)
Added to 40-man: September 2, 2016 (BOS)
MLB Debut:
September 2, 2016 (BOS)
     
  Awards
Red Sox Minor League Base Stealer of the Month (July 2015)
Red Sox Minor League Base Stealer of the Month (August 2015)
2015 South Atlantic League Post-Season All-Star
2015 South Atlantic League Most Outstanding Prospect
2015 Red Sox Minor League Base Runner of the Year
Red Sox Minor League Base Stealer of the Month (April 2016)
Carlonia League Player of the Week (May 2-8, 2016)
2016 Carolina League All-Star
2016 Futures Game All-Star
2016 Futures Game MVP
2016 Carolina League Season-End All-Star
2016 Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year
2016 Red Sox Minor League Offensive Player of the Year
SoxProspects.com Awards
2015 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
2015 SoxProspects.com All-Star
2016 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
2016 SoxProspects.com All-Star

 

  

 
 

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