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Top White Sox Prospect Yoan Moncada Continues To Impress At Plate In Charlotte, Could Call-Up To Chicago Soon Be Eminent?

A sweet swing, one of the more accurate fielders, and lightening fast speed, second baseman Yoan Moncada continues to show why he’s widely considered the No. 1 prospect in all of Major League Baseball.

The top piece acquired by the Chicago White Sox in the offseason trade that sent former ace Chris Sale to Boston went 3-for-4 Sunday afternoon for the White Sox’s Triple-A affiliate, the Charlotte Knights, in a 7-1 win over the Gwinnett Braves.  Hitting a home run, a double, and scoring two runs with two RBIs and a steal, Moncada fell a triple short of the cycle.

In just his 27th game in the White Sox’s farm system, it was the top Sox prospect’s 11th multi-hit game already this season and fourth since May 3.  Continuing his stellar hot streak at the plate, Moncada raised his season average to .352 –which is third in the International League–, his on-base percentage to .427 –which is fifth–.  as well as his on-base plus slugging percentage to .992 –fourth.

The homer that the 21-year-old switch-hitter hit was on the first pitch he saw in his first at-bat in the bottom of the first.  Hammering a very long shot to right-center field, the solo shot was his sixth of the year, which gives him already almost half of the 15 homers he hit over 106 games in various split levels of the Red Sox farm system last year.  The RBI double that Moncada would hit two innings later on a liner to the corner in right, showed just how great of a hitter he has been so far this year.

A couple innings later in the fifth, he would be able to show off his speed as well with his seventh steal in seven attempts.  Then in the top of the next half inning, Moncada was able to show off his glove work with a nice solid throw to first on a pretty routine grounder.  Showing how much he has improved from Spring Training on his defense and with how impressive his numbers at the plate have been in only 214 minor league games, Moncada has made it difficult for the Sox to keep him there much longer before calling him up to the show.

With my possible June call-up date for him, my prediction before the season looking like a strong possibility right now.  White Sox fans in Chicago, who can’t always travel to Charlotte for games even got a first-look at Moncada too.  The Knights game Sunday was the third of several this year local cable provider CSN Chicago plans to air throughout the season.  There’s a chance to see some of the team’s top prospects before they even reach the majors.