Moncada was activated from the 7-day disabled list Friday.
The top prospect in the White Sox organization had been out since May 15 with a thumb injury, though appears to be healthy and ready to return to game action following a minor absence. Moncada will resume his starting spot with Triple-A Charlotte, where he has gotten off to a hot start with a .331/.401/.504 slashline and 15 RBI through 34 games.
Moncada was placed on the 7-day disabled list Wednesday with a bruised left thumb, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports.
X-rays came back clean, so Moncada's placement on the disabled list seems more precautionary. He described the injury as nagging, so the White Sox will likely give the top prospect ample time to heal before getting him back in action. Moncada is off to a healthy start at Triple-A this season, slashing .331/.401/.504 with six homers and 10 stolen bases through 34 games.
Moncada is going to be with Triple-A Charlotte for a while, according to general manager Rick Hahn, CSN Chicago's Dan Hayes reports.
While Moncada has cut down on his strikeouts of late (seven in his last 39 at-bats), the White Sox apparently want to see "all the proof" that the top prospect in baseball is ready to return to the big leagues after he struggled mightily in a brief sampling last September. Those who were banking on a promotion after May 13, when the White Sox would gain an extra year of control, will apparently have to wait until perhaps June or July. Of course, this tactic should make it more likely that Moncada hits the ground running when he does arrive. He has 30/30 potential down the road, and could still be a major asset down the stretch in single-season leagues, his owners just need to be patient.
Moncada is riding a nine-game hit streak at Triple-Charlotte, Scot Gregor of the Daily Herald reports.
Moncada is 12-for-34 (.353) with a .935 OPS, one home run, three RBI and two stolen bases over that stretch. He also had a homer in two of the four games before that run started. The 21-year-old said he's ready to join the White Sox, but the club probably will keep him down until sometime in June so they can gain another year of club control. He's one of the few prospects worth stashing in shallow fantasy baseball leagues.
Moncada has a .387/.457/.613 line in 31 at-bats during his first seven games of the year with Triple-A Charlotte, Ryan Hannable of WEEI FM reports. Moncada has two home runs, four walks and 10 strikeouts in that time.
The whiffs are likely the most surprising, but they reflect a trend of shaky plate discipline he showed during his brief 2016 MLB sample as a rookie. It helps that Moncada continues to mash around those struggles, but it also shows why the White Sox may keep him down on the farm for seasoning even beyond May 13, when they would gain an extra year of control over his rights.
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