GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The on-field results haven't been there for Yoan Moncada this spring, but manager Rick Renteria has been pleased with how highly-touted prospect has gone about his business in Arizona.
The 21-year-old Moncada has three hits, five walks and eight strikeouts in 24 Cactus League plate appearances, including a flyout in his only trip to the plate Thursday. Behind the scenes, though, Moncada has been taking extra ground balls to work on establishing his lower-body foundation at second base, and in the clubhouse, he's trying to absorb as much as he can from the team's veterans.
"He's starting to get more and more comfortable with his fielding approach," Renteria said. "We see him every single day working on, obviously, his offense but it's one of those things where the games and the experience that he continues to garner through the spring is just trying to get him ready for the regular season. But he's been pretty impressive, he's been pretty diligent in his work. We're really happy with how he's moving forward."
The expectation has been, and remains, that Moncada will begin the 2017 season in Triple-A, with the rebuilding White Sox not feeling pressure to rush any of their prized prospects to the major leagues. Last week's waiving of Brett Lawrie cleared a path for Moncada in the majors, but general manager Rick Hahn stressed it didn't change the team's plans of having Baseball America's No. 2 prospect begin the season in Charlotte.
"I'm just having fun and taking advantage of this opportunity," Moncada said through a translator. "I don't try to think too much about where I'm going to start the season. I'm trying to do my job. At the end of the day, it's a decision they have to make. It's not my decision. I'm good. I'm trying to enjoy the day every day."
Renteria will continue to stress to his players how to approach things over a results-based, which comes a necessity for patience.
Moncada on Thursday praised Renteria, saying he communicates well with the first-year White Sox skipper. Talking to and observing veterans like Jose Abreu, Melky Cabrera and Todd Frazier is proving beneficial, too, for whenever Moncada joins them in the clubhouse at Guaranteed Rate Field.
"You can learn from everything, from everybody, especially the veterans," Moncada said. "I'm always trying to learn something. What I've been learning here is that you have to wait for your time and be patient, but you have to be ready for (it) too."