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Futures so bright: Why Knights’ Yoan Moncada would love to repeat all-star history

In 68 games with the Charlotte Knights this season (not counting Sunday's second game), second baseman Yoan Moncada was batting .281 with 10 homers, 30 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.
In 68 games with the Charlotte Knights this season (not counting Sunday's second game), second baseman Yoan Moncada was batting .281 with 10 homers, 30 RBIs and 16 stolen bases. jsiner@charlotteobserver.com

Last year, long before he was traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Chicago White Sox, Charlotte Knights second baseman Yoan Moncada turned heads with his performance at the All-Star Futures Game in San Diego.

Against some of baseball’s top prospects, Moncada went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and a stolen base, becoming the first Cuba native to win MVP honors.

Now he’ll look to become the first player to receive that designation twice.

On Thursday, Moncada, baseball’s No. 1 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com, was named to the World team’s roster for this year’s Futures Game. The game will be held at 4 p.m. on July 9 at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida.

In 68 games with the Knights this season (not counting Sunday's second game), Moncada was batting .281 with 10 homers, 30 RBIs and 16 stolen bases.

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In last year’s All-Star Futures Game, Charlotte Knights second baseman Yoan Moncada, right, went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run and a stolen base, becoming the first Cuba native to win MVP honors. Lenny Ignelzi AP File Photo

Monday: Jason Bourgeois went 3-for-5 with two runs scored, two home runs and five RBIs, but Carson Fulmer surrendered seven runs on six hits over four innings in a 7-6 loss against the Columbus Clippers.

Tuesday: Charlotte tallied just five hits against Columbus starter Shawn Morimando, who tossed a complete-game shutout in a 5-0 win.

Wednesday: The Knights led 5-3 entering the ninth inning, when Bobby Parnell allowed three runs. Despite his blown save, Parnell still earned the win after Charlotte scored two runs in the bottom of the inning on an RBI double by Grant Green and walk-off single by Cody Asche, snapping the team’s five-game losing streak with a 7-6 victory.

Thursday: After surrendering 12 runs in his other three June starts, Reynaldo Lopez finished the month strong, allowing one run on six hits across 6 2/3 innings in a 4-1 win. He also struck out a season-high 11 batters.

Friday: Danny Hayes, Ronald Bueno and Rymer Liriano each homered for the Knights, who cruised to a 6-2 win over the Gwinnett Braves behind Tyler Danish, who gave up just two runs on six hits over seven innings.

Saturday: Playing in his first rehab game since his left wrist was broken by a pitch on May 17, Atlanta Braves slugger Freddie Freeman went 0-for-1 with a walk and a strikeout for Gwinnett before play was suspended with the score tied at 2 after four innings. He also made his first appearance at third base since 2007, cleanly fielding his lone chance of the night, a four-hopper off Everth Cabrera’s bat.

Sunday: When Saturday’s game resumed Sunday, Charlotte quickly took the lead on a two-run single by Rob Brantly, who also homered in a four-run eighth that led the team to an 8-3 win. In Game 2 of the doubleheader, the Knights were held to just three hits in a 7-0 loss.

What’s next: The Knights finish their homestand against Gwinnett at 7:05 p.m. Monday before a six-game road trip against the Durham Bulls and Louisville Bats.

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