This isn’t your average young and hungry player on the brink of the big leagues.
Yoan Moncada, the ex-Red Sox prospect who was one of the principal pieces in the trade for Chris Sale, has sometimes eaten as many as 85 Twinkies in a week, his agent told ESPN The Magazine.
He's still in great shape. Moncada had a huge spring training with the White Sox after a disappointing major-league debut with Boston in September.
"It's fair to say that Yoan took it as a very personal rejection," his agent, David Hastings, told ESPN The Magazine.
The 21-year-old third baseman has been optioned out of big-league camp, so he’s slated to start the year in Triple-A. But he hit .317 with a .391 on-base percentage and .683 slugging percentage and 3 home runs in 41 at-bats.
Moncada took a $31.5 million signing bonus from the Red Sox, money that the Sox turned into Sale. Moncada, meanwhile, didn’t exactly invest every cent.
Twinkies weren’t his only overindulgence. Per the ESPN The Magazine story, Moncada placed a call in 2015 inquiring about 10 customized cars.
More from the story:
Moncada had money to spend on drones, video games, toys and clothes. He sometimes spent $1,500 or more during nights out, David says. After he purchased the second $200,000 car, Josefa [Hastings, David’s wife] tried to talk some sense into him.
"You are being an idiot, just wasting all this money," she told him. "What are you even thinking?”
"Go big or go home," he told her with a smile.