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After months of waiting and developing in AAA Charlotte, Yoan Moncada has officially gotten the call to return to the majors, according to Brian Bilek (
@BrianBilek_) on Twitter.
This time however, he will be wearing a different color of socks. Yoan Moncada originally made his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox on September 2nd, 2016 where he went 0/2 with a walk and a strikeout in that game. Moncada then collected 4 hits in the next 2 days, but struggled over his next 9 plate appearances, striking out every single time.
The White Sox traded for Yoan Moncada as part of the Chris Sale deal on December 6th, 2016 after seeing the potential he flashed in the few games he played. The Cuban native has spent the entire season in AAA Charlotte for the Chicago White Sox working on his defense at second base and his plate discipline, raising his walk rate by 0.7% and lowering his strikeout rate by nearly 2%. Yoan Moncada has been putting together a great season in Charlotte with 12 home runs to go along with 17 stolen bases (getting caught stealing only 7 times for a 70.8% stolen base rate).
This call-up of the #1 prospect in baseball was announced shortly after the White Sox dealt 3B Todd Frazier, RHP David Robertson, and RHP Tommy Kahnle to the New York Yankees for a package of RHP Tyler Clippard, CF Blake Rutherford, CF Tito Polo, and LHP Ian Clarkin. The White Sox waited to bring up the young Cuban infielder because Rick Hahn and the rest of the front office wanted Moncada to have an every day spot to play. The last thing the Sox wanted to do is have the young superstar sit on the bench when he needs the at-bats to improve his game and show that he can make it at the major league level.
White Sox fans have had a fairly exciting season even in the middle of a rebuilding year. They have been treated to Jose Abreu returning to his rookie year form, Avisail Garcia make the All Star Game while also turning into the hitter they expected him to be, and now they will get to be treated to one of the biggest pieces of their farm with Yoan Moncada making the big league club. The call-up of the young star will clearly not make or break the season, but the South Side fans will finally get to see some of the returns from the trades they have made in the past calendar year.