If you’re thinking now may be a good time to pick up some Yoan Moncada rookie cards, we’re right there with you. The young switch hitter is off to a scorching-hot start this season and appears ready to provide an encore to his 2019 breakout performance. And yet, the value of his rookie cards seem a little low when compared to other young players around the league. Especially when compared to fellow White Sox phenom Luis Robert. Fair or not, this may have something to do with Yoan stumbling out of the gate.
Early Struggles = Opportunities (on Yoan Moncada Rookie Cards)
Other than a 19 at-bat cup of joe when he was still with the Red Sox, 2017 was Moncada’s first crack at big-league pitching. And it did not go well. Yoan was barely able to keep his average over the Mendoza Line at .235. He also struck out at an obscene clip with 74 in only 199 at-bats.
Things didn’t get much better the following year. Yoan continued to underwhelm with a .235 average. And this wasn’t a small sample size either. Over the course of 2018, Yoan remained healthy and amassed 568 at-bats. And given the previous year’s swing and miss trend, it comes as no surprise that Moncada led the majors in strikeouts with 217.
But right as many were beginning to label Yoan Moncada a bust, 2019 happened. In a breakout of epic proportions, Moncada raised his average by 80 points from the following year and hit .315 over the course of the season. Additionally, Moncada showed plenty of pop with 25 long balls and a .548 slug. And that atrocious strikeout rate? Down from 217 to 154.
And now in 2020, Moncada seems to be picking up right where he left off in 2019. So if those early struggles are forever behind him, the following Yoan Moncada rookie cards may be sitting at bargain prices!
The Yoan Moncada Rookie Cards “Profit Pack”
2016 Bowman Chrome (Buy this card on eBay)
Like with so many other modern-day baseball rookie cards, Bowman Chrome leads the way. There’s a variety of refractor colors to choose from and autographed versions feature Yoan’s signature just above the Boston logo at the bottom.
2017 Topps Chrome (Buy this card on eBay)
A stunning card that shows Yoan in his new White sox jersey making some sort of athletic move (though it’s hard to tell what). Just like Bowman Chrome’s, these offer both refactor and autograph versions.
2017 Bowman Chrome (Buy this card on eBay)
Although not as valuable, this one represents Yoan Monvada’s true rookie season. The card features Yoan Moncada batting from the left side of the plate ready to unleash some damage on the opposing team.
2017 Topps Heritage (Buy this card on eBay)
Hard to beat a Topps Heritage card. As far as looks go, anyways. These aren’t as expensive as the cards we’ve gone over so far either so it’s a great starter card if you’re new to the game. Available in both a Red Sox and White Sox uniform!
2017 Panini Flawless (Buy this card on eBay)
Because how else are you gonna get a Yoan Moncada rookie card with a piece of apparel attached? A solid collector’s item.
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Overall Bargain Rating: All Signs Point to BUY
Right now it appears Yoan Moncada is shifting from the young player who wasn’t quite ready for big-league pitching to the 5-tool impact player he was scouted as. Yoan has a full season of at the plate success under his belt and it appears another could be on the way. And if Yoan does have another monster season? Folks are gonna wake up to his long-tern potential real quick. Which could lead to some easy short term profits for you! But if you are in it for the long haul, there’s a lot riskier plays than a former number 1 prospect who appears to be hitting his stride.