It’s finally time, Sox fans. The 21-year-old Cuban Sensation, Yoan Moncada, has been promoted to the Major League club and will make his debut Friday, September 2nd.
The decision to call up Moncada was likely made due to the team’s struggle to find a solid contribution from their 3rd basemen this year. Red Sox 3rd basemen are batting a combined .235 with 15 home runs and 70 RBI’s on the season. Moncada, who has split time between High-A and Double-A this season, has slashed an impressive .294 BA/.407 OBP/.918 OPS, hit 15 home runs, drove in 62 RBI’s, while stealing an eye-popping 45 stolen bases in just 106 games.
The one glaring issue I see from Moncada, a switch-hitter, is that he has hit .314 with a .993 OPS against right-handed pitching in the minor leagues, but just a meager .171 with a .710 OPS against lefties. Maybe a Shane Victorino-esque move by dropping the switch hitter label is coming in the near future.
A major problem for Moncada could be his recent move to 3rd base this past month with Red Sox Double-A affiliate, the Portland Sea Dogs. Naturally, Moncada is a 2nd baseman, but with Red Sox cornerstone, Dustin Pedroia, seemingly anchoring that position for the foreseeable future, the team figured they could move the young infielder to 3rd and try to fill a glaring need.
The last few days, Red Sox manager John Farrell has hinted at the idea of using Moncada as a pinch runner late in games and a pinch hitter against righties. But don’t be surprised if the top prospect in all of baseball becomes an integral piece of the Red Sox push for the American League East crown.
by Mark Panzini
Mark Panzini is a co-host for the Game Time Decision Podcast and can be contacted through his twitter @MarkPanzini17