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Yoan Moncada adds to his hot spring with a home run off Cole Hamels

Yoan Moncada adds to his hot spring with a home run off Cole Hamels

Yoan Moncada is teasing White Sox fans of a potential breakout season.

It's just spring training so take any success in the Arizona heat with a grain of salt, but Moncada added to his hot spring with a three-run blast off Cole Hamels on Friday.

Also take note of the mini Sammy Sosa-esque hop that Moncada showed off after hitting it. It doesn't look close enough to Sosa's signature move to be an ode or a diss, but Moncada did show a little extra excitement in his step after connecting with what he knew was a home run ball.

Moncada went 1-for-2 with a walk and the home run on Friday. That was his second home run of the spring and he is hitting .379/.486/.724 in 11 Cactus League games.

Moncada hadn't played in the Cactus League since March 10, but he also homered in that game.

He is still striking out plenty with 10 in 35 plate appearances, but even that strikeout rate (28.6 percent) is lower than his career MLB strikeout rate (33.6 percent).

Success in spring is nothing new for Moncada. In 2017, before he debuted with the White Sox, he hit .317/.391/.683. Last spring he posted a less spectacular, but still solid line of .271/.358/.475. So there's no reason to get especially excited that this season's spring will translate to success in the majors, but it's probably better to have success in spring than not.

 

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Luis Robert hits comical home run off former big league catcher as part of two-home run game

Luis Robert hits comical home run off former big league catcher as part of two-home run game

Luis Robert has accomplished many things this season. Now he can say he took a 13-year big league vet deep.

OK, so that vet was Dioner Navarro, a catcher by trade who pitched the eighth inning in a lopsided Triple-A Charlotte win.

Robert hit two home runs in Charlotte’s 8-2 win against Columbus on Sunday. The Knights hit five home runs in the game and were up big entering the eighth inning so Navarro came in to pitch.

Robert promptly took him DEEP.


Navarro was lobbing in 72 mph pitches and was getting hit hard by every batter. He was throwing batting practice.

The best part about Robert’s bomb is Navarro’s quick head-snap after delivering the pitch and seeing Robert hit it a long way.

Throw in Robert’s home run earlier in the game and the 22-year-old outfielder is up to 11 home runs in 33 games in Triple-A. He has 27 homers on the season between three levels of the minors.


 

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Yoan Moncada goes to Carolina Panthers preseason game: 'Don't understand anything'

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Yoan Moncada goes to Carolina Panthers preseason game: 'Don't understand anything'

Yoan Moncada just started his rehab stint with Triple-A Charlotte and it didn’t take him long to enjoy a night in Charlotte.

The Knights had a home day game on Friday. Moncada went 1-for-5 in his first game action since suffering a hamstring strain on July 30.

With the Knights game ending in the afternoon, Moncada had the freedom to go to the Carolina Panthers preseason game at night.


The Panthers lost 27-14 to the Bills, but a peak at Moncada’s Instagram story from the day showed he may not have really understood what was going on.


The 24-year-old Cuban was decked out in a Panthers jersey. He still may be learning football though.

 

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