The Chicago White Sox have the #1 prospect in baseball. What a world.
For those of you who don’t know Yoan Moncada, a quick background
- MLB.com’s #1 overall prospect
- Signed out of Cuba for $31 million as an amateur (thats a lot of money)
- Plays 2B/3B/CF. Basically a bunch of spots the Sox have a need.
- Has been compared to Robinson Cano with better speed. If that works out then this trade was a win, hands down. 6 cheap years of Robinson Cano will work.
I have already said on many occasions I hate the fact we are trading Chris Sale. Pisses me off to no end. So my immediate reaction to this news was sadness. Chris Sale is gone. However I am going to try to be positive and just look at the return here.
Overall, I am generally pleased with what Rick Hahn has done. As he said all along, Hahn’s price for Sale was a young, high impact bat. He got the best of the bunch in many people’s eye in Moncada, so he did exactly what he wanted. Can’t deny that. He also added to the package by getting a top 100 flamethrower in Michael Kopech, who has previously hit 105 MPH!!!!!!. If Alec Hansen is any indication, the Sox like the challenge of figuring out power pitchers. Kopech is a really solid get. Then they added two younger guys who I won’t pretend to know about, but one of them, Luis Alexander Basbe, is the Red Sox #8 prospect and the reviews on twitter seem to be positive about getting him included. Overall, the word here is potential. The White Sox went out and got an extremely high ceiling for Sale. If Moncada and Kopech hit, this is a haul and a half. Even if its just Moncada, if he lives up to the hype you can’t be anything but pleased with Rick Hahn’s efforts. His M.O has always been negotiation, its been that since he joined the organization, and he did a great job here. Waited out offers, leveraged interest, and got what he wanted. I am excited for the Yoan Moncada era, and luckily for all of us, he should be the 2017 White Sox from the get go, so we get to watch him develop all season.
Also, the White Sox need to be open for business now. Everything must go.