Moncada went 2-for-5 with two doubles in Saturday's 8-3 loss to the Twins. The doubles give Moncada 31 for the season, and he becomes the fifth White Sox player aged 23-and-younger to record 30 or more doubles, 15 or more home runs and 60 or more RBI in a single season. His strikeout totals have rightfully made headlines -- he has an MLB-leading 216 strikeouts and a 33.4 K percentage -- but Moncada is finishing out the season with momentum. He's batted .300 (36-for-120) while dropping his strikeout rate to 28.2 percent over his last 31 games.
Moncada is not in the lineup for the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Twins, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Moncada takes a seat for the matinee as right-hander Jose Berrios heads to the mound for Minnesota. Leury Garcia will start at second base and bat second in his absence.
White Sox general manager Rick Hahn said Moncada has the ability to defend at positions other than second base, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. "He has the athleticism also to be an above-average defender at other positions too. It's a subject for further conversation," said Hahn. The notion of moving Moncada doesn't come out of nowhere. While in Boston's organization, he played third base and was promoted to the majors at that position. Additionally, because the White Sox used the fourth overall pick in the 2018 draft to select Nick Madrigal, a second baseman with shortstop skills, the team may eventually have to create room in the middle infield. Moncada would be more valuable as a middle infielder, but the 23-year-old's bat should play as a corner infielder or outfielder, his .233 batting average this season notwithstanding.
Moncada is not in the lineup Monday against Cleveland. Moncada will sit for the second time in September. Yolmer Sanchez will slide over to second base in his absence, with Jose Rondon at third base.
Moncada went 3-for-5 with a double, a walk, two RBI and a run scored in Thursday's victory over Cleveland. Moncada scored a run in the first inning before knocking a two-run double in the next frame. With Thursday's big night at the plate, the 23-year-old is up to 60 RBI and 51 extra-base hits in his first full MLB season.