Moncada went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run during Friday's win over Kansas City.
Moncada has caught fire of late with at least one hit in 11 of his past 13 games for five round trippers, 15 runs and 11 RBI. It's encouraging to see the rookie finding a groove and rewarding patient fantasy owners down the stretch. If he continues to post solid numbers through the end of the year, his stock will skyrocket entering 2018 drafts.
Moncada went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 4-3 loss to the Astros.
Moncada stayed hot on the White Sox's current road trip. He's 17-for-41 (.415) with three home runs, a triple and eight RBI in the first nine games of the 10-game trip. Manager Rick Renteria told Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune that Moncada is getting a better handle on off-speed pitches while teammate and fellow Cuban Jose Abreu cited Moncada's use of lighter bats as a reason why the rookie's hitting has suddenly taken off.
Moncada went 3-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Tuesday's loss to the Astros.
Moncada raised his season batting average from .227 to .241 in Tuesday's three-hit performance and is now hitting an impressive .302 during the month of September. The toolsy second baseman is still striking out in nearly a third of his plate appearances, but he's been making enough solid contact recently to make his robust strikeout rate more palatable. The 22-year-old now has 10 hits in his last five starts and is on pace to turn in a very encouraging final month of the regular season.
Moncada switched to using a lighter bat earlier this week and has three multi-hit games since, Colleen Kane of the Chicago Tribune reports. "My swing is more fluid, and I feel stronger with my swing with these bats," Moncada said.
Using a lighter bat was the suggestion of teammate Jose Abreu, who had some bats shipped to the rookie in time for the start of the team's current 10-game road trip. Over the first five games of the trip, Moncada has gone 11-for-23 with two home runs. Howevr, manager Rick Renteria feels it's more than just lighter bats, The manager said the rookie has been soaking up a lot of information since being called up to the majors and it's finally starting to sink in. However the credit pie is divided, it looks like Moncada is tapping into the potential.
Moncada went 4-for-5 with two walks, a home run, five runs scored and a stolen base in Thursday's win over Detroit.
This was easily the best game of Moncada's career to this point, as he reached base in six of seven trips to the plate and tied Tim Raines' franchise record with the five runs, according to Daryl Van Schouwen of the Chicago Sun-Times. He raised his average more than 20 points in this one (from .207 to .229). The 22-year-old is still a work in progress when it comes to picking up spin and recognizing offspeed stuff, but he's now hit safely in six straight, flashing the potential that made him the No. 1 overall prospect in baseball.
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