Friday, February 1, 2019

Card Spotlight: 2-1-19

2017 Gypsy Queen Green #250 - Yoan Moncada (/99)

2019 will be a make or break year for Yoan Moncada. I have a feeling that it will be a breakthrough season for him. Why do I get that feeling? Accountability.

Yoan took a look at his numbers for the 2018 season and asked to go to Arizona to work on the biggest areas that were flawed in his game. That move screams maturity. You don't hope that things will get better. You make things happen. You recognize your weaknesses and focus on improving them. That is how anything gets a chance at redemption.

Moncada came to the White Sox highly regarded, but had limited success in the short amount of time that he enjoyed playing in the majors with Boston. He has improved slightly each season, but nothing to inspire confidence.

Yoan did lead in a few categories for the 2018 season, but nothing anyone would want to brag about. He led the majors in strikeouts (217) and errors at second base (21), which earned him third place across the majors for errors committed. Couple that with a low average (.235) and a not great looking on base percentage (.315), there are several areas for improvement and not much further he can go down in those areas.

While the rebuilding process continues, a revolution in Moncada's game would be extraordinary. Whether or not the ChiSox get Machado, Harper, Marwin Gonzalez or any other free agent, a significant upgrade in Moncada would help solidify the path that the Pale Hose are on. It will lead to improvement across the board; in the standings, in attendance, in player accomplishments.If Yoan can accomplish that, it will be good for the team, for the fans, and most importantly, for him.

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