The Book on Yoan Moncada
Prospect Info and Scouting Report
Yoan Moncada / 3B, BOS
9 | 2/23/2016
ScoutingBook Combine Ranking (3/24/2017): #3
MLB.com/MiLB.com Season Preview: #10
Scout.com/FOX Sports: #8
Minor League Ball (Sickels): Unranked or n/a
Baseball America 2016: #3
Baseball Prospectus: #7
Total professional at-bats: .
Total professional innings pitched: .
That was quick. The Red Sox farm system, battered and beaten in recent years, has been rebuilt swiftly by new management, with infielder Yoan Moncada the jewel of the new system.
The first legal Cuban immigrant to join MLB since the Revolution, Red Sox superprospect Yoan Moncada put on showcases for a dozen MLB ballclubs before landing in Boston, who signed him to a record-shattering $31.5 million dollar deal... and that's not even counting the penalty the Sox paid for going way, way over baseball's spending rules.
In joining the Red Sox, Moncada joins fellow new-American Rusney Castillo, and both players should be a part of Boston baseball for a long time to come.
Moncada, who's nominally a shortstop but likely to outgrow the position, is a very strong switch hitter who drives the ball to all fields, with very advanced plate discipline for a Cuban player. His speed is plus, and while some scouts see him converting to an outfield corner, he looks better as a third baseman from here. He'll get a look in 2016, and with a strong performance, could run away with a starting job somewhere on the diamond.
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