Defector-turned-prospect to make Red Sox minor-league debut

The $63 million man's climb to the majors begins Monday.Yoan Moncada, widely regarded as the Red Sox’s top prospect and certainly paid like one, will make his professional debut Monday at Class-A Greenville, according to multiple reports. MORE: Giants' Santiago Casilla records immaculate inning | Marlins GM Jennings to take over as manager | Stanton's power 'unimaginable'The 19-year-old infielder, whose story has been called "the weirdest Cuban baseball defector story you'll ever read," signed a contract with the Red Sox in March. The deal included a $31.5 million si

gning bonus, though Boston is on the hook for $63 million because of a 100 percent tax the organization has to pay for blowing past its allotted international bonus pool.  Moncada has spent the past month or so in extended spring training in Fort Myers, Fla., acclimating himself to America and the game in the U.S.In fact, he hadn’t played an organized game since the end of 2013 before extended spring training because of his defection, according to NESN."Yoan Moncada is one of the most highly touted prospects in recent memory, so to have him on the Greenville Drive roster is a huge thrill for our organization," Drive GM Eric Jarinko said in a statement. "Our fans have seen the impressive talent the Red Sox have assembled in Greenville to begin this season, and we can't wait to see him on the field as he begins his professional journey with the Drive."The Drive (21-5 in the South Atlantic League) boast a talented group of young infielders, according to, and that stable will only get deeper with Moncada's arrival.A switch-hitter with a rare combination of power and speed, Moncada worked exclusively at second base at extended spring training. He likely will do the same at Greenville, NESN reported, though his athleticism could allow him to move around the infield if needed.