20-Year-Old Shortstop – Kansas City Royals
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
The switch-hitting shortstopís offensive numbers once again fell short of his name value in 2015, but Mondesiís extreme youth (over five years younger than the average player at Double-A) makes it dif...
Mondesi (suspension) will begin a rehab assignment at High-A Wilmington on Saturday.
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Kansas City Royals Roster
MajorsButera, Drew (C)
AACalixte, Orlando (OF)
A+Arteaga , Humberto (SS)
ABlewett, Scott (P)
RookieAracena, Ricky (SS)
Raul Mondesi: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Mondesi may be one of the more promising prospects in the Royals' organization, but the Dominican native largely struggled at the plate in 2014 for High-A Wilmington. He showed flashes of potential, however, as the switch-hitting infielder was able to tally five home runs over a seven-game stretch in mid-August. Though he hasn't been able to hit for average just yet, Mondesi will be just 19 years old for the majority of 2015, so there remains plenty of time to work on his pitch recognition, an area that has given him trouble in the past. Regarded as one of the better defensive infielders in the organization, he has the potential to challenge Alcides Escobar for a job as early as 2017, placing him firmly on the radar in dynasty formats.
The 18-year-old shortstop prospect impressed a number of scouts and personnel directors last year as he appeared in 125 games for Low-A Lexington of the South Atlantic League and hit .261 with seven home runs and 24 stolen bases. He still has plenty of growing to do, on a physical level, but he looks strong defensively. While his numbers are not overly impressive, he didn't appear overmatched despite being among the youngest players at his level. He makes strong contact from both sides of the plate and should open the 2014 season at High-A Wilmington where he'll be tested by older and stronger pitchers. Considering where he is in his development, he's still a few years away, however, dynasty league owners will want to scoop him up now and stash him away.