Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Fantasy Focus: Impact Rookies- Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada, 2B/3B, White Sox.  DOB:  5/27/1995.  B-S, T-R.  6'2", 205 lbs.

2016 A+:  .307/.427/.496, 25 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 36 SB, 15.8 BB%, 21.1 K%, 254 PA.
2016 AA:  .277/.379/.531, 6 2B, 3 3B, 11 HR, 9 SB, 13.0 BB%, 30.9 K%, 217 PA.
2016 MLB:  .211/.250/.263, 5.0 BB%, 60.0 K%, 20 PA.
2016 AFL:  .292/.370/.458, 11.1 BB%, 37.0 K%, 27 PA.
2017 ZIPS:  .276/.375/.384, 27 2B, 3 3B, 17 HR, 34 SB, 10.5 BB%, 25.7 K%, 650 PA.

Yoan Moncada is an elite prospect with even more elite athleticism.  He was traded from the Red Sox to the White Sox over the winter in the Chris Sale trade.  The major, and possibly only, current flaw in his game is the strikeout rate.  The ChiSox will likely make him work on that in AAA to start the season.  Their starters at 2B and 3B are Brett Lawrie and Todd Frazier.  One or both of them will likely be traded by July 31.  When they are, or may before, we'll see Moncada come up to stay. He will immediately be fantasy relevant.  He may hurt you in the BA category but his ZIPS projection of 17 HR's and 34 SB over the course of a season is a pretty darn valuable fantasy player.  You might want to wait on him in re-draft leagues, but if you are in a league with 6-12 keepers, he may still be available and you should think about drafting him aggressively.


  1. Thanks Drb.. you were right my 1st ever fantasy draft was fun! Didn't draft Moncada but picked him up on waivers later only to find out he will probably start in AAA. My dilemma is should I stash him on my roster for later, since he's such a good prospect!


    1. Glad you had fun. That is the most important factor in any of this. When it stops being fun, it's time to move on to other things.

      As for Moncada, it depends on your league settings. Does your league do a complete re-draft every year or do you get to keep some of your players from year-to-year? If it's a re-draft league, there are probably better things to do with your roster spot than stash Moncada. If it's a keeper league, you might want to stash him because the ceiling/upside is huge.

    2. Now that you have him, I would at least hang onto Moncada until the end of spring training in case the White Sox trade either Lawrie or Frazier before the season starts and give Moncada a starting job out of the gate.

  2. Thanks, my league settings says live standard draft. Makes sense to wait and see what happens like you said! I play fantasy football so thought I'll try baseball too!


  3. Yeah. I second DB's opinion on that. I'm a re-draft league so Moncada is a guy I might take 22nd through 25th but I will probably pass on. Instead I'll try to play it like I did with Trevor Story and pick him up very early in the season and ride his hot streak until pitchers caught up to him.

    And since there's not cost to roster churning in my league (5 moves/week) I can afford to do that.