The Red Sox will promote top prospect Yoan Moncada to join the major-league team Friday, according to a team announcement.
Moncada, 21, will likely play third base for a Red Sox team that has lacked production from Travis Shaw and Aaron Hill in recent weeks at the position. Moncada is currently ranked by MLB.com as the top prospect in all of baseball, and was also ranked first in Baseball America’s midseason rankings.
Moncada signed with the Red Sox as an international free agent in March 2015, earning a $31.5 million signing bonus out of Cuba. He has split this season between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland, hitting .298/.411./.518 with 15 home runs and 45 stolen bases on the year.
Moncada was the MVP of this year’s Futures Game in San Diego, and has been regarded as one of the game’s top prospects since signing less than two years ago. He will join a young core of controllable players in Boston, along with Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr.