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Top Red Sox prospect Yoan Moncada off to red-hot start

And he's only 20.

Moncada started off at third base in his native Cuba, and has shifted to second base since coming to the minors. AP Photo/Brynn Anderson

The Sox are in first. In the Carolina League. The Salem Red Sox.

The Red Sox’ Class A advanced team based in Salem, Virginia has found early season success thanks in part to the bat of Red Sox top prospect Yoan Moncada, who extended his hitting streak to nine games with a two-hit performance against the Carolina Mudcats Monday night.

In addition to a hot bat, Moncada has 12 stolen bases in the past 10 games, the second-highest total in all of Class A advanced ball. He is currently fifth in his league in OPS (1.018), fifth in runs (10), and eighth in batting average (.359).

The 20-year old second baseman was signed in February of 2015 with a $31.5 million signing bonus following an intense bidding war with several other clubs. At the time, the bonus was the largest ever paid to an amateur player.

Entering the 2016 season, MLB.com has Moncada ranked as the fifth-best prospect in all of baseball, while Baseball Prospectus has him ranked seventh.

In 2015, his first year in the Red Sox farm system, Moncada batted .278 with eight home runs and 49 stolen bases in eighty-one games for the Class A Greenville Drive.

After a 3-4 start to the season, Salem has surged to the top spot in the Carolina League’s Southern Division thanks to a five-game winning streak. Moncada showed glimpses of his potential during spring training, and has continued to progress as he advances through the minor league system.

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