Moncada will only be 23 years old going into the 2018 season, but it looks like he will be the White Sox’s second baseman come opening day. He easily has one of the highest ceilings going into 2018, but he also has one of the lowest floors. Last season he really struggled against major league pitching, which is evident by his .231/.338/.412 slash line and 32.0% strikeout percentage. Although he may have not have had the greatest debut with the White Sox, there were some promising statistics in last year’s major league stint.
Last season we got to see Moncada’s impressive speed on the base paths. He ranked as the twelfth fastest player with a 29.3 ft/sec according to Statcast’s Sprint Speed. This ranked above guys like Trea Turner and Whit Merrifield, so don’t be surprised if he swipes over 30 bags in 2018. Something else that looks promising is his power. He owned a 36.0% hard contact rate last season and hit 8 home runs in just 231 plate appearances. He also has a disciplined approach at the plate. He only swung at 26.8% of balls outside the zone and had a swing percentage of 42.8%, because of this he should draw a good amount of walks. The one concerning factor surrounding Moncada was his low average and high strikeout rate. Although his 12.6% swing strike rate is still below average, it still suggests that he is better than that .231 batting average he posted in 2017. With the an aging second base class and his remarkable ceiling, Moncada should make his way ahead of players like Ian Kinsler, Dustin Pedroia, and Javier Baez come 2018.