Yoan Moncada hit 17 home runs and 12 stolen bases last season, and reaching double-digits in both of those categories was just about the only bright spot in a horrid season for the young middle infielder. Viewed as the centerpiece in the package that sent Chris Sale packing, it’s been a slow start for Moncada in black, white and silver, hitting just 25 home runs and stealing 15 bases in 203 games with the White Sox.

What exactly has been the cause of the slow start? Well, for starters, Moncada led the league with 217 strikeouts in 2018, and his strikeout rate of 33.4 percent trailed only Baltimore’s Chris Davis (36.8%) and Joey Gallo (35.9%). All things considered, his .315 on-base percentage is pretty good for his batting average, thanks to a solid 10.3 percent walk rate. The first step to cutting down on the strikeouts is improving against off-speed pitches. Look at Moncada’s numbers since the start of 2017 against various types of pitches.


The strikeout total is...