FORT MYERS, Fla. — In the midst of a humdrum doubleheader nightcap on Monday, the Red Sox caught a glimpse of what Yoan Moncada can do.

Regulars had populated the lineup in the opener against Boston College, leaving the second game against Northeastern to reserves and minor leaguers. That meant the game’s intrigue crested when Moncada entered midway through, eventually collecting hits from both sides of the plate in his first big-league exposure in spring training.

Moncada rifled the first pitch he saw off the first baseman’s glove for a stand-up double. He picked up a ground-ball single through the left side his next time at the plate – that time hitting right-handed. It was a comfortably impressive spring debut for perhaps the most noteworthy of a much-ballyhooed class of Red Sox prospects.

“He’s a really physically gifted young man,” Manager John Farrell said. “A lot of notoriety, a lot of attention coming off of his first full season in the (United States), and you see the compact swing from both sides of the plate. He’s got obviously well above average running speed. Just a very bright future ahead of him.”

Farrell said the Red Sox had requested Moncada as one of the minor leaguers to help flesh out the rosters for Monday’s doubleheader, and that they would probably do so again this spring.

“One of the things about spring training is you can take a look at as many young guys as possible. With someone who has the talents of Yoan, you’d like to get as much exposure as you can within reason,” Farrell said. “I think every opportunity that presents itself that he can come over and get into games, we’d like to take advantage of that.”

“I basically just focus on every day putting my best foot forward and doing the best I can on the field. I don’t really worry about who’s impressed by my play,” Moncada said through interpreter Daveson Perez. “Everything is a process. I just expect to get better with each passing day, and my goal is to get to the major leagues.”

When he signed this time last year, Moncada had initially sketched out 2016 as a potential arrival time in the majors. He acknowledges now the ambition of that goal – but it remains a goal nonetheless.

“That’s always been my dream,” he said. “I want to have that Red Sox jersey on my body and I’m looking forward to, if not this year, then next year.”

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