Per Ryan Hannable of WEEI.com, highly touted prospect and recent international signing Yoan Moncada will be making his professional debut with the Single-A Greenville Drive.
Sources: 19-year-old Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada to make his debut with Single-A Greenville tomorrow night.
— Ryan Hannable (@RyanHannable) May 17, 2015
Moncada, 19, inked a $63 million deal with the Boston Red Sox back in February. Moncada has drawn rave reviews, some even saying he may be the best player to ever defect from Cuba (which is some high praise, given the success of Yasiel Puig, Jose Abreu and Yoenis Cespedes).
Moncada has spent time working at second base in extended spring training. He hasn’t played in organized baseball since 2013.
Moncada joins a stacked Boston farm system, with many considering him the No. 2 prospect in the organization behind catcher Blake Swihart, who is now with the big league club.
The 19-year-old boasts five-tool skills, with the ability to hit for power, contact, and play the role of a plus-defender. A the age of 19, his 6-foot-0, 210 lbs. muscular frame stands out. Primarily playing second base, Moncada has the skills to transfer to other positions if needed.
Being so young, it’s still to early to tell what Boston’s long term plan is for Moncada — more specifically whether he will stay at second base as he progresses through the minors — but with Greenville, Boston will get a chance to the their prized signing in a professional setting.