Yoan Mondada will be making him major league debut
The top prospect in Major League Baseball will be making his ML debut on Friday as the Boston Red Sox announced that they’re calling-up infielder Yoan Moncada.
Expectations for Moncada were sky-high after being signed to a $31.5 million bonus by Boston last year. Because the Red Sox had exceeded their bonus allotment, the team had to pay a 100% tax on his contract, effectively meaning the team shelled out $63 million to bring in the young potential superstar.
Now 21-years-old, Moncada began the season in High-A and hit .307 before being promoted to Boston’s Double-A team in Portland. In 207 plate appearances, he hit .277 with a .379 OBP, 11 home runs, and 28 RBIs. He’s also stolen 45 bases between the two levels this season.
Quite simply, he projects as a impact second baseman at the major league level.
With September’s roster expansion, the Red Sox saw an opportunity to get Moncada some major league experience while also helping the roster with his superb base-running ability.
Don’t expect Moncada to simply be a pinch-runner though. Boston manager John Farrell is a huge Moncada fan and expects him to help the team in a number of ways.
“This is a different scenario than if it was July or the first of August, where you’ve got an alternate location to play,” Farrell said Wednesday before the Red Sox’s 8-6 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays. “The minor league season ends. So, is there a benefit by him just being here? The answer to that is yes. I think, by all accounts, there’s nothing but positive that can come out of experience here if that were to happen.”
Yoan Moncada will be called up in time to join the team for it’s three-game series with the A’s.