When the news broke at the 2016 MLB Winter Meetings that the Chicago White Sox had finally pulled the trigger on trading Chris Sale, and that he was going to the Boston Red Sox, one main question circulated throughout the hotel lobby.
Did they give up Moncada?
Everyone was talking about Yoan Moncada, of course, the Red Sox’s prized Cuban prospect, who ranked as the second-best prospect in all of baseball by both Baseball America and MLB.com. As we all know, the answer to that question was simple: yes they did.
The hype surrounding Moncada in the two seasons since has seemed to subside. Perhaps it is because he is playing for an organization that receives much less publicity than Boston and is not in contention. Perhaps it is because people are more interested in prospects than they are in developing major league players. Perhaps it is something else.
Moncada has now played 141 games in the major leagues and has become the White Sox’s regular second baseman. He eclipsed the 600-plate appearance mark for his career on Thursday, giving us almost a full season’s worth of playing time to use in order to evaluate his Major League Baseball playing abilities.
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