There’s little doubt Yoán Moncada has put up All-Star-worthy numbers during the first half of the 2019 season.
But the White Sox third baseman has no disappointment over not being selected to play this Tuesday for the American League in Cleveland.
“No, not really. I did all that I had to do,” Moncada said through an interpreter. “That was something I couldn’t control. It wasn’t on me. I had a very good first half. That’s what mattered for me. I’m very happy with it.”
Moncada, 24, struck out a Major League-leading 217 times and posted a .714 OPS during his first full season in the Majors in 2018. Although he knocked out 17 home runs, 32 doubles and six triples, the young switch-hitter was determined to put in the work this offseason to improve.
That work has definitely paid dividends. Moncada entered Sunday’s first-half finale slashing .308/.363/.546, with 18 doubles, three triples, 16 homers, 48 RBIs and 49 runs. Over his last 13 games, Moncada has featured a .388 average.