The White Sox have activated Yoan Moncada from the 10-day injured list, as per a team announcement. Outfielder Ryan Cordell was optioned to Triple-A yesterday to open up a spot for Moncada on the 25-man roster.
Moncada was in the midst of a breakout season when he was sidelined with a Grade 1 hamstring strain back on August 1. The infielder has hit .301/.358/.535 with 20 homers over 409 plate appearances, with some outstanding hard-contact metrics (via Statcast). Moncada ranks in the 98th percentile in exit velocity, and in the 93rd percentile in hard-hit percentage. While the Sox are long out of any postseason contention, Moncada will get five more weeks to add to what has already been an excellent season.
After posting average numbers in his first two Major League campaigns, Moncada’s emergence in 2019 has shown why he was regarded as one of the sport’s best prospects. The White Sox acquired Moncada and three other noteworthy prospects from the Red Sox in the Chris Sale trade back in December 2016, and Moncada now stands as one of the major faces of Chicago’s rebuilding project.