Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada was in the news on Sunday night after hitting a monster HR and earning the MVP in the Futures Game, an all-star game to honor up-and-coming young baseball stars. Moncada’s stock has continued to rise to new heights and was named the the #1 prospect in baseball mid-season by Baseball America, a jump of 2 spots from his pre-season #3 ranking. The 2nd baseman made the jump from A+ Salem to AA Portland this season and instead of taking time to adjust and get settled, he has torn the cover off the ball.
In 16 games with Portland, Moncada is hitting .328 with 5 HRs and 1 RBIs. Combined with his 61 games in Salem, Moncada is hitting .312 with 9 HRs and 49 RBIs so far this season. He is just 21 years old and not yet knocking on the big league door, but his name is already familiar to many Red Sox fans. With trade talks heating up lately, Moncada’s name in mentioned as an almost untouchable alongside outfielder Andrew Benintendi, who played opposite Moncada in the Futures Game. Watching him in the Futures Game is further proof of why he the Red Sox organization doesn’t want to part with him
I’m a five-tool player. For the ones that have never seen me play, today you’re going to have an opportunity to. -Moncada to press before the Futures Game on Sunday.
For those who don’t know, the Red Sox signed Moncada out of Cuba in 2015 by giving him an outrageous $31.5 million signing bonus. He has a strong personality and exudes confidence in everything he does. He arrived in Spring Training this year showing off the 2 new additions to his car collection, a BMW X6M Lumma Widebody and a Lamborghini. Not the first few purchases I would make with my signing bonus, but then again, I’m not 21 and definitely didn’t just get 10’s of millions of dollars. If he keeps progressing like he has, the $31.5 million will just be the very beginning of his career earnings and the car collection will continue to grow.