Moncada posts productive return to Fenway

White Sox 2B -- MLB's No. 1 prospect -- has pair of multi-hit games in series

Moncada posts productive return to Fenway

BOSTON -- Yoan Moncada hasn't paid much attention to his statistics since joining the White Sox on July 19.

But the switch-hitting White Sox second baseman might want to glance at his solid production from this weekend's four-game return to Boston following a 6-3 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park on Sunday afternoon.

Ranked as baseball's No. 1 overall prospect by MLBPipeline.com, Moncada reached base in eight of his 17 plate appearances, posting his second multi-hit game of the series Sunday and marking his second multi-hit game since reaching the Majors a second time. His first big league run came last year with the Red Sox before they moved him to the White Sox in December as part of the Chris Sale deal.

"I understand that I'm trying to keep my focus on hitting the ball hard, put the barrel on the ball and try to get a good connection," said Moncada through interpreter Billy Russo. "The results are going to come either way, but that's something I can't control. Just make contact with the ball.

"Just keep working. Keep working on my defense and now I'm working harder on my offense because things haven't gone as well as I wanted. Just keeping my routine.

Moncada's smooth running throw

"Try to work harder in the cage and in my approach and I think that's the only thing that I have to keep doing," Moncada said. "Keeping up with my routine and keep working hard to get the results that I know I can get on the field."

In the third against Boston starter Doug Fister, Moncada beat a pronounced shift with a ground ball through the vacated shortstop position. In the fifth, Moncada pulled the ball to right for a single with an exit velocity of 106.4 mph per Statcast™.

For the season, Moncada is 9-for-52 (.173) with 21 strikeouts and nine walks. But again Moncada and the team are more concerned about the process then the numbers at this point.

"He started putting the bat on the ball a little bit more," said White Sox manager Rick Renteria of Moncada, who also got to spend the weekend with his 2-year-old son, Robinson. "They tried to attack to finish him with breaking balls out of the zone [and] down. I think he started to make some adjustments.

"As I'm watching more and more, I truly believe by the time we get to the end of this season, hopefully sooner than later, he's going to start spitting on some of those pitches and going to be able start doing some more damage. He handles the bat. He's showing some ability, obviously, both physically defending on the field and with the stick. He's going to be a pretty good player."

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Read his blog, Merk's Works, follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin, on Facebook and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.