2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Yoan Moncada
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at White Sox 3B Yoan Moncada and lets fantasy baseball owners know what they can expect from him during the 2020 MLB season.
Sometimes fantasy owners target a player one year too soon. Yoán Moncada seemed primed for a breakout but it did not occur until 2019. Last season, Moncada played in 132 games with 83 runs, 25 home runs, 79 RBI, 10 stolen bases and a robust .315/.367/.548 slash line. He’s the only American League player to record at least a .300 average, 30 doubles, 25 home runs, 75 RBI and 10 steals. Only Ketel Marte and Cody Bellinger reached these plateaus in the National League in 2019.
Of more importance, Moncada reduced his strikeout total from 217 in 2018 to 153 last season. He also increased his total bases by 68 despite accruing 67 fewer at-bats. Moncada lowered his strikeout percentage to 27.5 from 33.4 percent yet increased his home run per fly ball percentage by eight and a half points.
Shifting to plate discipline, Moncada recorded a 13.9 swinging strike percentage and 70.6 contact percentage even though his aggressiveness grew. According to Statcast, Moncada upped his zone...