After slashing .282/.377/.447 with 12 home runs and 17 stolen bases for Triple-A Charlotte to begin the season, Yoan Moncada was summoned back to the bigs for good on July 18. Other than a 10-game visit to the disabled list for a shin contusion in late August, Moncada was the White Sox's regular second baseman, a spot he'll likely occupy for the entirety of 2018. Moncada still has a lot of work to do, but especially down the stretch, he displayed the skills that has fans and fantasy enthusiasts salivating. After returning from the DL, Moncada hit .276 with five homers and two steals, scoring 11 while driving in 18. However, he also fanned 30 times in 109 plate appearances. Curiously, he may not be aggressive enough, taking strikes and falling into bad counts as his swing rate in and out of the zone are below average. Still just 22, Moncada has plenty of time to figure it out. Temper expectations this season, but his ceiling is still that of a fantasy stud.
Moncada is a candidate to open the year as the White Sox's leadoff hitter, Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports. He is leading off Friday, and it's easy to see why the White Sox might view him as their best option at the top of the order. He has high-end speed, and even though he hit just .231 last season, he walked at a 12.6 percent clip that resulted in a .338 OBP. Moncada will get his counting stats whether he is hitting first or in a run-producing spot, but he may get more opportunities to run out of the leadoff spot. The other top internal option to lead off is center fielder Charlie Tilson.
Moncada went 2-for-4 in Friday's 10-1 loss to the Indians. Moncada's wobbly start in the majors when he was called up in July is a distant memory thanks to a very productive finish to the season. The rookie's hitting .313/.375/.537 with five home runs, 11 RBI and 18 runs scored over his last 19 games. The future is now for Moncada, who will return to the majors for the start of 2018 as the White Sox's starting second baseman.
Moncada (shin) is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Angels. Moncada was held out of Monday's game in order to rest and recover, and it appears the day off had the desired effect. Moncada will play second and hit second for the White Sox on Tuesday night.
Moncada, who is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Angels, is dealing with a minor shin injury, Dan Hayes of CSN Chicago reports. The issue doesn't appear to be anything overly serious; MRI results came back clean and the hope is that Moncada will return to the starting lineup for Tuesday's contest. The 22-year-old has been hot at the plate since returning from the disabled list at the beginning of September, slashing .303/.369/.539 with five homers in 18 games. Yolmer Sanchez will start at the keystone in his stead Monday.
Moncada is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Angels. Moncada has been locked in at the plate recently -- slashing .338/.394/.615 with five homers in his last 65 at-bats -- but he'll get the day off after starting 17 consecutive contests for the White Sox. Since returning from the disabled list near the beginning of September, Moncada has raised his batting average from .189 to .237. With the 22-year-old situated on the bench Monday, Yolmer Sanchez will slide over to cover the keystone, opening up a spot for Tyler Saladino to start at third base.