The Yoan Moncada Call Up
July 19, 2017 | Justin Klein
Yoan Moncada is finally being called up by the Chicago White Sox as they host the Dodgers in the last game of a two game interleague home stand. The call up comes on the heels of a trade in which the Pale Hose sent incumbent third baseman Todd Frazier to the New York Yankees along with relievers David Robertson and Tommy Kahnle in a deal for four prospects including Blake Rutherford. As far as Moncada is concerned the third base position is now his for the foreseeable future. As a fantasy baseball nut here’s hoping it’s for the next decade. Currently available in 47% of Yahoo leagues Moncada should be immediately added in every single format regardless of scoring or the number of teams. That’s how talented the twenty-two year old Cuban is and how good he can be in the fake game. I would use all of my FAAB and/or a first waiver claim to make the addition and so should you if possible. This is the player that you’ve been saving it for if you in fact have one or both of those things at your disposal. Yoan is the highest rated prospect in the game and it’s all because of his offense. While he’s not projected to be terrible on defense he isn’t by any means highly rated because of his glove. His ratings are based on his size, speed, power and ability to combine all of those things in the batter’s box and on the base paths. These skills and abilities make Yoan Moncada a true five tool prospect that could thrive in all five categories of the fake baseball game. There is definitely risk involved in his makeup though, as the one tool that could potentially fall short is the hit tool. Moncada has a ton of swing and miss in his game that he displayed in 2016 in his MLB debut with the Red Sox. In just eight games and 20 plate appearances Yoan struck out 12 times and managed a .211 batting average despite posting a .571 BABIP. It’s important to keep in mind that that was a very small sample size and there was a lot of pressure for Moncada to succeed as Boston was looking for an answer at third base (and what do you know they still are). At Double A Portland in the Red Sox system before being called up to the show Yoan triple slashed a solid .277/.379/.531 with a .254 ISO, .454 wOBA and a wRC+ of 152. Those are fantastic numbers and are even more impressive considering Moncada was just 20 and 21 years old when he posted them. This season at Triple-A Charlotte Yoan posted a .282/.377/.487 triple slash with a .165 ISO, .367 wOBA and a 130 wRC+. While they aren’t as good as the video game numbers he managed at Double-A they are still quite good; especially considering the young man just turned 22 years old. It’s worth noting that Yoan dropped his K% by 2.6% this season against better competition. He still struck out in 28.3% of his plate appearances, but he improved, and he did it as the competition improved as well. That’s important as he makes the leap to the big leagues, because it will be hard for him to succeed in the average department if he strikes out 30% of the time or more. Just ask Trevor Story or Byron Buxton if you don’t believe me. While Moncada will swing and miss plenty he will make tons of hard contact as well, and he will almost certainly be running and taking the extra base when he’s on the base paths. This is a young man that swiped 49 bags in 2015, 45 in 2016 and had 17 thus far this season. When you combine that sort of speed with solid power it becomes extremely valuable. Moncada will more than likely make his big league debut tonight at the hot corner for the Pale Hose. While he could start a handful of games there I would be surprised if he wasn’t played at second base in the very near future and given plenty of run there to see if he can handle the position at the major league level. If he can play the keystone, and he’s shown the athletic ability to do so, his power would be much more valuable. Any time you can put a 70 grade power guy at an up the middle position you should do it and try it until it fails. Because of that I expect second base playing time and then second base eligibility in Moncada’s near future. That is unless the White Sox are simply happy with him developing at third base. Be sure to note that what I think is a good idea and expect are likely far different then the White Sox. There’s a reason they are in Chicago and I am in my home office in Kenosha. Not to sell myself short, but the reality is that Yoan might only have 3B eligibility this season and possible only for another season or two. In dynasty leagues it’s worth noting that there is some concern that he might not be able to play third base well enough in the long term and that he could eventually move over to first base. While it’s an obvious concern, it’s likely at least a couple of years away for now. As I stated above Yoan should be owned in all leagues regardless of size or format. If he is somehow miraculously available you should immediately add him. If he’s on waivers you should claim him or use all of your remaining FAAB to acquire him. Unless of course it’s not a $0 bid league in which case you should use roughly 90% of your FAAB. I don’t have any shares of Moncada this season so all I can do is watch him play. Make no mistake, I’ll be watching and hopefully using him as much as I can in DFS along the way.
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