Yoan Moncada showed off what made him the centerpiece of the Chris Sale trade on Wednesday.The No. 2 prospect in baseball, the top second baseman prospect and the top prospect in the White Sox organization hit his first two home runs of Spring Training in a monster game against the
Yoan Moncada showed off what made him the centerpiece of the Chris Sale trade on Wednesday.
The No. 2 prospect in baseball, the top second baseman prospect and the top prospect in the White Sox organization hit his first two home runs of Spring Training in a monster game against the Royals.
"You have to keep working hard," Moncada said through an interpreter. "I'm very happy with the process, and I know that the results are going to be there when I need it."
The 21-year-old Cuba native, who made his MLB debut in September just 18 months after turning pro, was the jewel of Chicago's deal with the Red Sox in December. He had been off to somewhat of a slow start this spring, but he broke out in a big way with Wednesday's Cactus League performance.
Moncada's two homers in the White Sox's 7-3 win came against quality competition. The first, a two-run homer in the fifth inning, was off veteran right-hander Jason Hammel. The second was a leadoff shot off All-Star closer Kelvin Herrera in the seventh.
More notable performances from top prospects:
• Bradley Zimmer -- the Indians' No. 1 prospect, the No. 22 overall prospect and the No. 7 outfield prospect -- went 2-for-5 with a double and an RBI groundout in Cleveland's 11-10 loss to the Rangers on Wednesday. Zimmer continues to rake in Spring Training -- the 24-year-old, a non-roster invitee, is hitting .359 with two homers.
• Outfielder Hunter Renfroe (Padres No. 3, MLB No. 42) hit his first home run of Spring Training on Wednesday, a two-run shot in the first inning against the Reds. The 25-year-old is batting .278 this spring.
• Brewers No. 1 prospectLewis Brinson, also the No. 18 overall prospect in baseball and the No. 5 outfield prospect, continued a strong showing this spring. Brinson doubled in his only at-bat Wednesday as a late-game replacement. The 22-year-old is now batting .313 this Spring Training with a pair of home runs.
• The Dodgers had a pair of prospects perform well on Wednesday. Top prospectCody Bellinger (No. 1 first baseman, No. 12 overall) went 1-for-3 and drove in three runs, on a two-run single and a sacrifice fly, in the Dodgers' 12-7 win over the Mariners.
In addition, Alvin Toles (Dodgers No. 9), who baseball fans know from his strong performance in last year's playoffs, went 3-for-4 with a triple, an RBI and three runs scored. Toles' big day brought the 24-year-old's batting average up to .280 this spring.
• Casey Gillaspie (Rays No. 5, No. 5 first baseman) continued his recent power surge with a go-ahead two-run homer on Wednesday against the Red Sox. The 24-year-old hit a pair of home runs on Sunday.
• In the same game as Gillaspie, Red Sox first baseman Sam Travis -- the team's No. 4 prospect and the 10th-ranked first base prospect -- went 2-for-3 with a home run of his own, his third of Spring Training. The 23-year-old is hitting an impressive .321 with an 1.174 OPS this spring.
• Moncada wasn't the only prospect to impress in the White Sox-Royals tilt on Wednesday. Royals No. 12 prospectJorge Bonifacio homered in his only at-bat after coming into the game. The 23-year-old outfielder is making the most of his spring at-bats, hitting .462 with a 1.404 OPS.
• Twins left-hander Adalberto Mejia, Minnesota's No. 8 prospect, made his first start of Spring Training against the Cardinals and was thoroughly dominant. The 23-year-old shut out a lineup that included several of the St. Louis regulars, like Aledmys Diaz and Stephen Piscotty, for 3 2/3 innings, scattering four hits to pick up the win. Most impressive, he racked up eight strikeouts -- more than two per inning -- and didn't walk a batter.
• For the Rockies, No. 6 prospectKyle Freeland was impressive on the mound. The 23-year-old left-hander tossed four scoreless innings against the Brewers, allowing five hits and no walks and striking out five. Freeland has a 2.45 ERA this spring.
David Adler is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @_dadler.