Trading Todd Frazier was a big deal, but the White Sox will make a key addition today that should keep fans of the rebuilding team interested: GM Rick Hahn announced that top prospect Yoan Moncada will be called up. He is expected to play on a regular basis.
Moncada, the game’s number two prospect according to Baseball America before the season, is hitting .282 with a .377 OBP, 12 home runs, 36 RBIs, 57 runs scored, 49 walks and 17 stolen bases in 80 games with Triple-A Charlotte this year. He just turned 22 at the end of May, making him young for that level, suggesting that even greater things lie ahead. He did play eight games at the big league level for Boston last year.
While primarily a second baseman, he has played a bit of third. He’ll likely stay at the keystone while Tyler Saladino plays third in place of the departed Frazier, but the Sox do have some flexibility with him.
The postseason has a knack for finding unlikely heroes. Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki was 1-for-23 in the postseason entering Wednesday’s Game 2 of the World Series. The Nats and Astros each plated two runs in the first inning, then went otherwise scoreless through the sixth inning. In the top of the seventh, with Justin Verlander returning to the mound, Suzuki demolished a high, 1-0 fastball just below the train tracks in left field at Minute Maid Park, breaking the 2-2 tie.
Verlander proceeded to walk Victor Robles, prompting manager A.J. Hinch to take his veteran starter out of the game. Ryan Pressly came in to attempt to keep it a one-run game.
The underdog Nationals held on to defeat the Astros 5-4 in Game 1. Another victory by the Nats in Game 2 would put the Astros — heavy favorites according to oddsmakers — in a big hole.
Update: Pressly walked the first batter he faced, Trea Turner. Adam Eaton successfully sacrifice bunted both runners over. After Anthony Rendon flied out to shallow center field, Hinch decided to issue his team’s first intentional walk of the entire year to Juan Soto, loading the bases. Howie Kendrick then hit what appeared to be an inning-ending ground out, but Alex Bregman booted the ball as he moved to his left. Turner scored to make it 4-2. The floodgates opened when Asdrúbal Cabrera lined a single to center field, bringing home two more runs to pad the lead to 6-2. While pitching to Ryan Zimmerman, Pressly uncorked a wild pitch to allow the two base runners to advance. Zimmerman followed up with a slow roller down the third base line which Bregman barehanded and proceeded to throw away. Two more runs scored. 8-2. Yiiiikes, Astros.