Moncada already comfortable at plate

White Sox top prospect still making adjustments to Major Leagues

July 29th, 2017

CHICAGO -- ended Friday night's 9-3 loss to the Indians with a .133 average, which works out to four hits in 30 at-bats since joining the White Sox.

But the No. 1 prospect in baseball per certainly seems comfortable at the plate, even if the results aren't there through nine games.

"It's a process, and in this level you have to make adjustments and that's part of the process too," said Moncada through interpreter Billy Russo. "I've been feeling comfortable with my approach and how I've been swinging the bat, but it's part of the process.

"You have to figure out a few things to get the results that you wanted. I've been feeling comfortable with what I'm doing, but the results aren't there and at the end of the day, that's important too."

Moncada reached base via a wild pitch on a swinging third strike against Cleveland starter leading off the second, one of Moncada's 11 strikeouts in 30 at-bats. He struck out again in the fourth, walked in the seventh and scored on Matt Davidson's 20th home run and then ripped a double off the right-field wall with two outs in the eighth for his sixth RBI and third extra-base hit.

That double had an exit velocity of 110.1 mph with a launch angle of 18 degrees per Statcast™. Moncada hit cleanup for the first time with the White Sox, while already hitting second, fifth and sixth after primarily batting leadoff and second for Triple-A Charlotte before being called up. The lineup movement isn't as big of an adjustment for Moncada as simply learning big league pitching and becoming a big league hitter.

"It's a little bit different because, of course, I was hitting leadoff or second in Charlotte," Moncada said. "But when you are there, you have to use your same approach.

"I've been feeling comfortable in all spots. You have to go out there and do what you are supposed to do with your same approach."