Behind the Breakout: Yoan Moncada
Greg Jewett dissects potential breakout candidates during the 2019 MLB campaign.
After failing to fulfill fantasy owners hopes in 2018, Yoán Moncada went to work last fall in Arizona along with putting extra time prior to spring training this year. To be fair, Moncada did hit 17 home runs and steal 12 bases last year, but with a .235/.315/.400 slash line. Entering his Age-24 season, if Moncada’s going to improve upon his plate discipline, it needs to be within the next two years.
Starting with his spring numbers, Moncada slashed a robust .358/.469/.642 with four doubles, a triple and three home runs over 53 at-bats. He finished with a 1.25 ground outs to air outs ratio. During spring in 2018, Moncada hit three doubles with three home runs in 59 at-bats, but his ground out to air out ratio of 1.40 capped his power. Moncada also walked eight times versus 19 strikeouts. This year, Moncada walked 11 times against 16 strikeouts. So, Moncada upped his on-base plus slugging percentage by over 275 points while getting more batted balls in the air and walked more...