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Yoan Moncada Makes Major League Debut

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Yoan Moncada

Highly regarded prospect Yoan Moncada makes MLB debut for the Boston Red Sox

Boston Red Sox top prospect Yoan Moncada made his major league début on Friday night against the Oakland Athletics. Moncada did not start the game but rather entered as a defensive replacement in the 7th inning.

In his first at-bat, the 21-year-old prospect drew a walk and later scored on a Travis Shaw double. Moncada struck out swinging in his second at-bat of the night. Striking out has been a problem for Moncada in the minors this season. Between Single-A and Double-A, Moncada struck out 64 times in only 207 at-bats. This number is a little high but is to be expected from a young prospect.

Besides his high strike-out rate, Yoan has put up good numbers. He was hitting .294 with 15 home runs and 45 stolen bases before being called up to the big leagues. According to manager John Ferrell, Moncada will see the majority of his starts come against right-handed pitching. Moncada is a switch hitter but has had more success on the left side. This move will insure that the rookie will get the best possible match-ups which should maximize success.

With the thrill of his first big league game over, Moncada had this to say about his début:

“It was a culture shock. You see the big stadium. You’re a little nervous before the game. The nerves are there, but it felt good to be out there. Looking forward to the future.”

Moncada received his first major league start on Saturday and proceeded to go 2-5 with an RBI and 2 runs scored. He got the start at third base which is likely where he will see the bulk of his playing time. Through his first two games as a Red Sox, Moncada is hitting a cool .333.

In the two games that Moncada has been with the Red Sox, they have scored a combined 27 runs. This may just be good timing as the Sox are playing the struggling Athletics but Moncada could be an offensive jolt to a lineup that was already one of the best in the majors.

When the Red Sox signed the youngster out of Cuba in 2015 to a $31.5 million signing bonus, they hoped he could be a cornerstone of their franchise for years to come. In a small sample size, he is living up to that potential.