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Moncada impresses with career day at plate

Young White Sox 2nd baseman goes 4-for-5 with 2 walks, 5 runs scored
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DETROIT -- Since signing with the Red Sox in March 2015, Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada has been one of the hottest young commodities in all of baseball. So White Sox fans were rightfully excited about his arrival in the Chicago organization last offseason, then as MLBPipeline.com's No. 1 prospect.

While he got off to a bit of a slow start with the White Sox since joining the big league club in mid-July, Moncada has been hot lately, riding a 15-game on-base streak. His gaudy numbers in Thursday's 17-7 win at Comerica Park solidified his status as the club's top youngster.

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DETROIT -- Since signing with the Red Sox in March 2015, Cuban infielder Yoan Moncada has been one of the hottest young commodities in all of baseball. So White Sox fans were rightfully excited about his arrival in the Chicago organization last offseason, then as MLBPipeline.com's No. 1 prospect.

While he got off to a bit of a slow start with the White Sox since joining the big league club in mid-July, Moncada has been hot lately, riding a 15-game on-base streak. His gaudy numbers in Thursday's 17-7 win at Comerica Park solidified his status as the club's top youngster.

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Moncada went 4-for-5 with a solo home run, three singles, two walks and five runs scored. He became the third player in franchise history to score five runs and reach base six times, and he is the second player in MLB history to do so within his first 50 games, joining Johnny Frederick, who did it in 1929. Moncada's five runs on Thursday tied the White Sox franchise record, last done by Tim Raines in 1994.

Despite his slow start, Moncada hasn't changed much about his approach at the plate.

"I think the results validate your work, your routine, your approach, and I've been sticking with it," Moncada said through a translator. "And right now, we can see the results. I haven't changed anything. I've been doing my same routine, I have confidence in myself and I feel good on the field."

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The one change Moncada has made to his game is his choice of bat. Teammate Jose Abreu approached him a little more than a week ago about using shorter and lighter bats, and it has paid off. Since making the change, beginning with the series at Kansas City earlier this week, he has gone 10-for-19.

"With this one, I feel my hands more lightly," Moncada said. "My swing is more fluid and stronger with these bats."

While manager Rick Renteria is pleased with how Moncada has been delivering at the dish, he did harp on his defense Thursday, noting one play in particular he thought Moncada should have made. JaCoby Jones snuck a two-out single single past Moncada into right field, which extended the sixth inning and led to a Jose Iglesias RBI double.

"That play that got under his glove, that was a play where he was a little more lackadaisical than he should have been," Renteria said. "He should've gotten to that play a lot sooner. I spoke to him after the play before his next at-bat. He didn't have anything to say because he knows."

Renteria said those types of plays have been happening less and less with Moncada, and he's happy with the way he is progressing as he sees more time in the Majors after his slow start.

"It's starting to happen," Renteria said. "At the plate, it's happening a little more. He's starting to feel freer on the bases."

Kyle Beery is a contributor to MLB.com based in Detroit who covered the White Sox on Thursday.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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