If you haven’t heard, the Red Sox reached an agreement with the most sought-after Cuban player in recent history. Boston outbid a plethora of interested teams that included the Padres, free-spending Dodgers, and hated Yankees. I admit, I was one of the people that suspected Moncada to end up in New York playing in front of the worst fans in the world, but in a total surprise (to me, anyway), he’ll be playing in front of the best in the near future. So, if you haven’t heard much about this guy or you’re wondering what all the hype is about, here’s a quick rundown of Yoan Moncada and the talent and potential he possesses.
He’s considered a 5 tool player. What’s that? Basically, your quote-on-quote “superstar” player. That means he has power, hits for average, runs the bases with speed and skill, has a great arm, and a very good defensive skill set. Scouts around the league have likened Moncada to a young Chase Utley and there are even comparisons to Robinson Cano. In terms of how he compares to the best current prospects in the game, Moncada has been said to be at the top as well, with many suggesting he would easily be one of the best 10 (some say top 5 or even top 3) in the ENTIRE league. Needless to say, this kid is good. Take one look at his freakish arm size and you’ll quickly see the baseball equivalent to the Hulk.
What position does he play?
Moncada has some experience in the infield, particularly at second base and third base. Well, we have the best second baseman in the game along with a great addition at third in Pablo Sandoval. Where will Moncada go? Short answer: the minor leagues. He’s only 19 years old, meaning he isn’t exactly primed to go right now. I see him playing 1-3 years in the minor leagues and getting some seasoning before he gets the call up. Long answer: third base or the outfield. What about Pablo? Well, he’s definitely our third baseman right now, but he could move to first when Moncada arrives. If not, pull another Hanley Ramirez and stick him in the outfield somewhere (he could even play left if Hanley moves to first or DH).
Conclusion: this could very well be the next Yasiel Puig – just without a lot of the arrogance and baggage. You’ll want to be in Fenway Park in the next few years, because you could very well see another superstar lighting up the green monster. As always, thanks for reading and thanks for the support.