Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada has arrived in Boston!
Law and my esteemed colleague Sean Penney, as indicated in the following piece, share the same ideas with respect to Moncada’s potential usage; however, John Farrell indefatigably lobbied for Moncada’s promotion prior to the conclusion of the minor league season. It appears that Farrell has far grander plans for Moncada than either Law or Penney anticipated.
According to Law, Moncada meets the criteria for the promotion of a top prospect: there is a void that needs to be filled at third base and the Red Sox believe that Moncada is prepared to succeed at the Major League level while filling that void.
Farrell’s plans for Moncada are much greater than anticipated; he believes that Moncada will be a real difference maker. Such reasons account for Farrell’s vehement endorsement of bringing Moncada up to the Major League’s as soon as feasible.
ESPN Staff Writer Scott Lauber revealed Farrell’s plans for Moncada in the following citation from his article.
"“Farrell indicated he would like to see the 21-year-old take over at third base at least against right-handed pitchers and likened the potential impact to that of former late-season call-ups Jacoby Ellsbury in 2007 and Xander Bogaerts in 2013 in the Red Sox’s World Series-winning seasons.”"
Farrell is quite cognizant of all of the factors working against the Red Sox that were mentioned earlier: the road-heavy schedule, a bullpen in disarray, and a premiere power position in third base where the power production has been nonexistent.
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