When Yoan Moncada’s name is mentioned, the first thing that comes to my mind is offensive potential. In the first edition of Moncada Mondays, I highlighted his superb swing. This week, it’s all about glovework. Let’s throw it back to a Saturday night in late July. In the fourth inning of a one-run game between the White Sox and Indians, Yoan Moncada flashed the leather on back-to-back jaw-dropping plays.
Hakuna Moncada- It means no singles. pic.twitter.com/aJDQgqib0P
— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) July 30, 2017
On the first out, Moncada shows off his range, quick hands, and arm strength. He dashes to the shortstop side of second base, makes a beautiful backhand snag, quick transfer, and throws sidearm across his body to gun down Erik Gonzalez at first. I think Jason Benetti accurately sums up the reaction of all Sox fans with his call, “OH MY GOODNESS, WHAT A PLAY!”
With one out, Bradley Zimmer thought he was going reach base by pushing a bunt to the right side of the infield past Miguel Gonzalez. Moncada wasn’t having any of that nonsense. He charges hard on contact, fields the ball and flips it to Jose Abreu all in one motion. The one-hop glove flip is the only chance he has to record the out and he almost makes it look easy (credit Abreu for making a great stretch and scoop on the flip). Moncada’s outstanding defensive efforts led to a much needed 1-2-3 frame for Miguel Gonzalez, who had given up 3 runs the previous inning.
Looking back on Moncada highlights gets me pumped up for what’s to come next season and beyond. The future is bright folks! Check back next week for another edition of Moncada Mondays.