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