Yoan Moncada has only been with the White Sox for a few months and he's already etched himself in the record books next to a Hall of Famer.
The White Sox rookie second baseman had the best statistical game of his career in Thursday's 17-7 clobbering of the Detroit Tigers.
Moncada reached base six times vs. the Tigers, becoming the youngest White Sox player to accomplish the feat since Frank Thomas in 1990.
Moncada also notched a career-high four hits, cranked out his 5th home run of the season and scored five runs.
Moncada's five runs vs. the Tigers also put him in the same company as a recent Hall of Famer.
Moncada now owns a .229/.353/.407 slash line with five home runs and 15 RBI in 38 games with the White Sox in 2017.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Yoan Moncada broke the seal in a big way on Friday night.
Facing Kansas City’s Royals pitcher Ian Kennedy at Kauffman Stadium, baseball’s top prospect delivered a three-run triple in the top of the third inning to earn his first hit with the White Sox. Moncada’s two-strike, two-out, opposite-field triple to left-center field arrived in his fifth plate appearance with the White Sox.
Below is a chart of how the top 11 White Sox in Wins Above Replacement, according to baseball-reference, notched their first hits.
date | venue | inning | outs | opponent | pitcher | result | plate appearance
Luke Appling, 74.5 WAR
9/10/30 | Comiskey Park | B7 | 1 out | Red Sox | Danny MacFayden | 1B | third PA
Frank Thomas, 68.2 WAR
8/3/90 | County Stadium | T7 | 2 outs | Brewers | Mark Knudson | 3B | seventh PA
Eddie Collins, 66.6 WAR
4/14/1915 | Sportsman’s Park III | N/A | N/A | STL Browns | Carl Weilan | 1B | N/A
Nellie Fox, 46.95 WAR
5/18/50 | Comiskey Park | B7 | 1 out | Senators | Sid Hudson | 1B | fifth PA
Minnie Minoso, 41.36 WAR
5/1/51 | Comiskey Park | B1 | 1 out | Yankees | Vic Raschi | HR | first PA
Robin Ventura, 39.37 WAR
9/12/89 | Memorial Stadium | T4 | 2 outs | Orioles | Ben McDonald | 1B | third PA
Luis Aparicio, 35.28 WAR
4/17/56 | Comiskey Park | B7 | 1 out | Indians | Bob Lemon | 1B | third PA
George Davis, 33.09 WAR
1902 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A
Fielder Jones, 31.81 WAR
1901 | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A | N/A
Carlton Fisk, 28.8 WAR
4/10/81 | Fenway Park | T3 | 1 out | Red Sox | Dennis Eckersley | 1B | second PA
We all know Aaron Judge is a monster, and not just metaphorically.
At 6-foot-7, Judge is bigger than NFL star Rob Gronkowski and apparently makes Frank Thomas, who was known as 'The Big Hurt' in Chicago, look like he stumbled into take your kid to work day.
Check out the photo The Big Hurt tweeted of the two standing back-to-back before the MLB All-Star Game:
Just to get even more perspective on Judge's goliath-like size, here's your tale of the tape of both players at their playing weight:
Judge: 6'7", 282 lbs
Thomas: 6'5", 240 lbs
My advice to catchers standing at home when Judge rounds third base.... get the heck out of the way.