Prospect power: Moncada goes deep twice

White Sox second baseman hits first spring HR off Hammel, second off Herrera

Prospect power: Moncada goes deep twice

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The White Sox got a good look at their future on Wednesday.

Second baseman Yoan Moncada, MLBPipeline.com's No. 2 ranked prospect in all of baseball, hit his first two home runs in a 7-3 Cactus League win against the Royals and maybe was able to breathe a bit easier in the midst of a spring that had seen him strike out 13 times in 30 at-bats while batting .200 entering this game.

"This is a process, and you know that you have to keep working in this process," said the 21-year-old -- who came over from Boston in the blockbuster Chris Sale trade this past offseason -- through an interpreter.

"You're going to have your ups and downs, but you have to keep doing your job."

Moncada's first blast came at a convenient time, with the two-run homer to right field tying the game at 2 in the bottom of the fifth inning on a full-count pitch against veteran righty Jason Hammel, who had been pitching a three-hit shutout through the first 4 1/3 innings. But Moncada rose to the moment after Rymer Liriano singled with one out and advanced to third base on two Kansas City throwing errors.

Moncada's two-homer game

In the seventh inning, Moncada had the challenge of facing hard-throwing Royals closer Kelvin Herrera, but he was up to that task, too, sending one beyond the wall in left-center field to give Chicago a 6-2 lead.

Moncada, who now has nine RBIs in Cactus League play, celebrated the victory on the field with his 2-year-old son, Robinson.

"You have to keep working hard," said Moncada, a Cuban native who saw some big league time in Boston last year and figures to begin the regular season with Triple-A Charlotte.

"I'm very happy with the process, and I know that the results are going to be there when I need it."

Doug Miller is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DougMillerMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.