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Moncada maintaining even keel during breakout

Switch-hitter showing major improvement from right side; Jay making progress in return
@scottmerkin
April 20, 2019

DETROIT -- Yoán Moncada deposited a baseball where very few baseballs have gone before at Comerica Park, with his home run traveling 458 feet in the first inning of Friday’s 7-3 victory, marking the second-longest home run hit to straightaway center at Comerica since 2015, per Statcast. “That was the

DETROIT -- Yoán Moncada deposited a baseball where very few baseballs have gone before at Comerica Park, with his home run traveling 458 feet in the first inning of Friday’s 7-3 victory, marking the second-longest home run hit to straightaway center at Comerica since 2015, per Statcast.

“That was the first time ever that I hit a ball as hard as that one,” Moncada said through interpreter Billy Russo. “Honestly, I didn’t even know where the ball hit. It wasn’t until I got to the dugout that I asked the guys ‘Where did the ball land?’”

Moncada currently leads the White Sox with six home runs and 18 RBIs, and ranks second on the team behind Tim Anderson with a .990 OPS. After hitting .209 with eight extra-base hits and a .585 OPS from the right side in 2018, Moncada has a .300 average hitting right-handed this season.

There really isn’t much of a change in his approach, aside from keeping his hands inside the ball. Much like Anderson, Moncada is benefiting from the combination of more experience, hard work and talent.

“I’m going to keep doing my thing,” Moncada said. “At the end of the season, we’ll see. We’ll see how the season progresses and how things go for me. I work hard. I enjoy the game. I don’t like to think ahead of the things that I can do, because I know that I can do a lot of different things. I like to go day by day and that’s my approach.”

Jay progressing

Although he has yet to play a regular season game for the White Sox due to a right leg strain, outfielder Jon Jay feels as if he’s progressing.

“I’m getting better,” Jay said. “Like I said the whole time, there’s no timetable. Just taking it day to day. I’m doing more baseball activities, throwing, hitting. Obviously, the big question is running. We haven’t gotten there yet. I like how I’m progressing. I feel fine hitting and throwing.”

Renteria gets new view

White Sox manager Rick Renteria had a new but unwanted perspective watching Friday’s game from the team hotel as he served his one-game suspension tied to Wednesday’s bench-clearing argument during the contest against the Royals.

“You see the game from a top view, and I see how people can assume it's easy to do this job,” Renteria said. “Watching it from that perspective, everything works so slow.

“Now I know why people get so upset and they yell and scream and holler. But then I go, 'Gosh, I wish people had my seat from the dugout and they see how fast it actually moves.' It's just a different perspective. I don't like that view, to be honest. I'd rather be here and watching it, so I hope I don't have to do it that often.”

They said it

“That’s not my style. There’s some instances during the games that you can feel like excited. But I never feel like trying to do something like that.” -- Moncada, on choosing not to flip his bat after his Friday blast

Scott Merkin has covered the White Sox for MLB.com since 2003. Follow him on Twitter @scottmerkin and Facebook and listen to his podcast.