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South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 98: Travis Moniot

This Swiss Army knife of a 2018 draftee was an offensive threat in his first dip into pro ball

Double duty: Moniot doesn’t just step up on offense — he steps up in support of the Never Ever Give Up fight against childhood cancer.

Travis Moniot
190 pounds
Bats: Both
Age: 21
SSS rank among all left fielders in the system: 6

Moniot had a well-traveled collegiate career, to say the least. His freshman year was spent with the Oregon Ducks, but slashed just .168/.286/.293 in 167 at-bats, with five homers, 18 RBIs, five stolen bases, 24 walks (11.82%) and 53 strikeouts (26.11%). Moniot transferred to Orange Coast JC (Calif.) for his sophomore season, where he boosted his stock considerably by slashing .353/.524/.608 in 153 at-bats, with seven homers, 34 RBIs, 17 stolen bases, 50 walks (23.81%) and 27 strikeouts (12.86%).

Moniot returned to the Pac-12 as a junior, but struggled in a utility role with Arizona: a slash line of .160/.295/.240 in just 50 at-bats. Despite his bleak results against the stronger competition of the NCAA, the White Sox looked beyond the stats and selected him in the 17th round in 2018.

Moniot enjoyed a surprisingly decent season with the Great Falls Voyagers, in a utility role. In 38 games and 114 at-bats, he managed to slash .289/.391/.412 with one homer, 14 RBIs, two stolen bases, 17 walks (12.59%) and 29 strikeouts (21.48%). Being a switch-hitter doesn’t hurt his stock, and neither does his versatility — he played four different positions over those 38 games. It’s possible that Moniot may return to Great Falls to begin the 2019 season, but if someone like Steele Walker earns a promotion to Winston-Salem before June, Moniot may be called up to take Walker’s place before the Voyagers season even begins.

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