Red Sox to Promote Yoan Moncada

With Major League rosters expanding in September, the Red Sox will promote phenom Yoan Moncada in time for Friday’s game in Oakland. The precocious Cuban has enjoyed a meteoric rise through the Boston farm system, and he figures to provide an extra spark as the stretch run begins.

Yoan Moncada

Yoan Moncada was signed by the Red Sox early in 2015. Boston gave him an unprecedented signing bonus of $31.5 million, which spoke to tremendous confidence in his ability. Moncada excelled at Single-A Greenville Drive last year, before continuing his development this season. Over two levels of minor league ball, the versatile infielder has slashed .294/.407/.511. A willingness to adjust approach and position at Double-A Portland saw his stock rise, to the point where Dave Dombrowski thinks he can help Boston in September and beyond.

Welcome to The Show, Yoan Moncada

According to, Yoan Moncada is the top prospect in all of baseball right now. The 21-year old stud follows Andrew Benintendi in skipping a whole level of minor league ball to reach Boston. Benintendi performed very well before suffering a knee injury, so perhaps Moncada can replace that youthful energy. The Red Sox will hope Moncada can replicate the performance of Xander Bogaerts when he was promoted in a similar situation in 2013. If another ring awaits in October, everybody will be satisfied.

So, where will Yoan Moncada play? Well, third base looks most likely. Following a hot start by Travis Shaw, that position has become something of a weakness for the Red Sox. In the past thirty days, Shaw has a .167/.250/.292 slash line, while Aaron Hill is at .204/.306/.222. They have combined for just 2 home runs and 9 RBI over that stretch, which isn’t good enough at the hot corner. Yoan Moncada can’t do much worse, and the potential upside in giving him regular playing time is huge.

The Potential Impact

But, more than numbers and matchups, this promotion is about energy. It’s September. The dogs days of August are history, but teams are still beat up. These guys have been grinding every day since late February. At this point, every team could use a stimulant. We saw it with Gary Sanchez and the Yankees, and we saw it with Benintendi. The Red Sox will benefit from having a fresh body in the clubhouse and more raw talent on the roster. Yoan Moncada will also benefit from the experience, as he’s able to learn at the deep end with a slew of veteran teammates.

The future is now. Let the fun begin.

Red Sox Are The Boys of Indian Summer

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The Red Sox are the boys of Indian Summer because they are sizzling hot. I can feel it in my bones; they want to make a run for some October baseball. What an amazing weekend it was for this team! And can you believe how great Clay was on Tuesday? He tied the record of 10 wins with Cy Young Award winning, Red Sox pitcher Roger Clemens. The team is well over .500. The Red Sox, our Red Sox, are at .600. They stand tall, at the top of the heap, greedy to grind out wins.

Yet, I feel as though people are not talking. Where are the fans? Why are the sports newscasters fit to be tied about the Patriots’ offense? Amendola, I say Amen-schmola. (Don’t get me wrong, I am sure he is a great guy. This is a baseball blog.) Let’s talk about the resurgence of the Mike Napoli or Johnny Gomes continuing to be a clutch hitter.

Who cares about football and the Patriots, the Red Sox players are going the distance. The question is how far they will go. I think they will make it beyond the American League Division Series. I don’t want to say anything about the final series of games to be named much later in October. You know what it is called, it rhymes with “curled dearies” (well, sort of, close enough). I just don’t want to jinx it.

All silliness aside, the two biggest threats within the division are Baltimore and Toronto. All I can think of is Alfred Hitchcock’s The Birds, when I think of these teams. They have proven to be the only chinks in the Red Sox armor throughout the regular season. Of course, the Rays cause trouble, too. These games against the Rays come down to pitchers’ duels. David Price is an incredible pitcher. The only wildcard the Red Sox need worry about is their own bullpen and the strength of the other bullpen’s they face in the division. The strong farm system, filled with strong pitching, should calm those fears.

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My predictions may be wrong. Heck, fan predictions in March were that this would be a rebuilding year. We hoped the Red Sox would reach a .500 average. Never did we think we would be on top of the American League with the second place team 7.5  games back.

The Red Sox stand today in a surreality that is reality. The question everyone in New England should be asking is “Are you ready for some October baseball?” The sports fans of New England can leave football for November.