Adalberto Mondesi

Adalberto Mondesi

26-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Kansas City Royals
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Coming into a short season, we knew anything was possible. What we did not expect was to see Mondesi have two different seasons within the same one. Mondesi finished August with a .186/.211/.240 slash line, scoring 11 runs and going 8-for-13 in the steals department. That is far from the line people were hoping for taking him in the top 3-4 rounds of 2020 drafts. September was a completely different story as he hit .356/.408/.667 with six homers, 22 runs scored, 20 RBI and 16 steals in 19 attempts on the bases. Many fantasy champions likely have him to thank for that amazing September. However, on the whole, it was yet another season of a sub-.300 OBP and a continued slide down from his 2018 season. The walks are still rare and the strikeout continue to be too high, but the speed allows him to beat out most infield contact for hits. High-risk/high-reward is the name of the game, with the risk being higher. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#28
ADP
$Signed a one-year, $2.52 million contract with the Royals in January of 2021.
Records 15th steal
SSKansas City Royals
October 3, 2021
Mondesi went 0-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday's 7-3 loss to Minnesota.
ANALYSIS
The 26-year-old ended 2021 with 15 steals in 16 attempts in just 35 games. Mondesi battled oblique and hamstring issues for much of the season, prompting a move to third base for much of September. He was held without a hit in six of his last 10 games, dropping his season slash line to .230/.271/.452 with six home runs, 17 RBI, 19 runs scored, a triple and eight doubles across 136 plate appearances. Mondesi may continue to log time at third base in 2022. He could also receive regular rest to help alleviate some of the toll of playing the field, although fantasy managers will obviously take notice of his speed when he's in the lineup.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+11%
OPS vs LHP
2021
 
 
+23%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+75%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+19%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .765 237 35 10 34 23 .271 .289 .476
Since 2019vs Right .691 574 75 11 67 59 .247 .287 .404
2021vs Left .831 41 10 3 8 6 .256 .293 .538
2021vs Right .675 95 9 3 9 9 .218 .261 .414
2020vs Left 1.044 55 10 4 10 3 .321 .345 .698
2020vs Right .595 177 23 2 12 21 .230 .274 .321
2019vs Left .635 141 15 3 16 14 .256 .266 .368
2019vs Right .753 302 43 6 46 29 .266 .302 .450
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+30%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+35%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+88%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .808 408 63 12 59 51 .292 .324 .484
Since 2019Away .621 404 47 9 42 31 .218 .253 .368
2021Home .827 69 15 4 13 9 .262 .304 .523
2021Away .611 67 4 2 4 6 .197 .234 .377
2020Home .941 112 19 4 15 15 .330 .378 .563
2020Away .501 121 14 2 7 9 .190 .217 .284
2019Home .738 227 29 4 31 27 .283 .304 .434
2019Away .692 216 29 5 31 16 .241 .278 .414
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Stat Review
How does Adalberto Mondesi compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.14
 
BB Rate
4.4%
 
K Rate
31.6%
 
BABIP
.299
 
ISO
.222
 
AVG
.230
 
OBP
.271
 
SLG
.452
 
OPS
.723
 
wOBA
.314
 
Exit Velocity
78.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
38.4%
 
Barrels/PA
8.1%
 
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Adalberto Mondesi
DraftKings MLB: Friday Breakdown
23 days ago
Mike Barner thinks Adalberto Mondesi might be worth taking a chance on with his matchup against the Tigers’ Casey Mize.
FanDuel MLB: Saturday Targets
29 days ago
Lance McCullers comes at a reasonable discount, plus he's gone for 40 plus FanDuel points in consecutive outings and at least 29 in five of his last six.
MLB FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
31 days ago
Jason Shebilske analyzes the top waiver-wire options of the week, including Minnesota's Michael Pineda, who's been quite effective since his return from an oblique strain.
The Z Files: A Meeting of My Mind
31 days ago
Todd Zola considers what went wrong with his 2021 rosters, including a consistent lack of stolen bases exacerbated by another injury-plagued campaign from Adalberto Mondesi.
MLB Barometer: Risers and Fallers
34 days ago
In addition to this week’s risers and fallers, Erik Halterman looks at players who outperformed his expectations, like Atlanta’s Freddie Freeman.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
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The dream of a 70- or even 80-steal season died in July when Mondesi suffered a left shoulder subluxation shortly after his return from a groin injury. He had been running wild over the first few months, stealing 27 bags in 30 attempts. He continued to run in September until he hurt his shoulder again. Mondesi was sent for surgery in October and given a 5-to-6 month timetable, but he is expected to be ready for Opening Day. On top of the injury, there's still the question as to whether Mondesi can hit. In 2018, Mondesi was able to overcome downright bad plate discipline and slug close to .500, but the quality of his connections deteriorated last season (5.4 Brls/PA, 87.9 avg. exit velocity). His xwOBA ranked in the bottom 17th percentile among players with 100 PA. Speed is extremely scarce and Mondesi can carry the day in that category, but he needs to hit enough for it to really matter.
Mondesi floundered in his prior big-league cameos and failed to unseat Alcides Escobar for a starting gig last spring, but the Royals held the 23-year-old in high esteem due to his top-flight speed and plus raw power. He rewarded that faith once he resurfaced in the majors in mid-June, racking up 32 steals and 30 extra-base hits in only 75 games. There's no denying Mondesi boasts truly elite tools that compare favorably with any player, but his unrefined plate approach makes the sustainability of his 2018 success more questionable. His free-swinging ways will no doubt ding his outlook in OBP leagues, though there's reason to hope his wheels and loud contact (43.1% hard-hit rate) can prop up his BABIP and in turn batting average. Regardless, it's clear Mondesi backers will have to pay full freight to figure out what happens in 2019, as his huge second half will prompt some to chase the dream of what a full season of production might look like.
Mondesi has flopped in a few brief auditions at the big-league level, but nevertheless there is some buzz surrounding the 22-year-old given his speed and path to everyday playing time in 2018. His pedigree as the son of a former All-Star and success at the Triple-A level help as well (.370 wOBA, 119 wRC+ last season). He still needs to learn how to take a walk (5.0 percent walk rate), and the offensive numbers last year were clearly propped up by the favorable run-scoring environments of the PCL (.373 BABIP). But Mondesi did make strides in terms of making contact (24.1 percent) and the quality of that contact was much improved (.234 ISO). It seemed obvious that Mondesi would step in at shortstop this season, but in a bizarre move, the Royals brought Alcides Escobar back on a one-year deal to play shortstop in 2018. If Mondesi can find a way to earn regular playing time at shortstop or second base, the new ball in MLB puts 10-20 home runs well within reach for the youngster. Only four shortstops reached 10 homers and 20 steals last season (Elvis Andrus, Jose Reyes, Jean Segura and Trea Turner). Unfortunately, it sounds like he may have to open the year back at Triple-A, so caution is advised when drafting Mondesi in single-season leagues.
Between his capricious youth, switch-hitting stick and flashy defensive chops as a middle infielder, Mondesi offers an exciting package of tools. His bat showed flashes of being an impact tool for the first time in the minors this past season, but his ultimate offensive potential is still up in the air. Since the vast majority of fantasy games are predicated solely on offensive contributions, the stage is set for Mondesi to disappoint his backers, at least for the next couple seasons. Complicating matters further, Mondesi served a 50-game suspension for a positive PED test in 2016. His plate development will likely take time, and he'll probably have to earn his education at the highest level, given that his defense is ready to contribute right now. This element gives Mondesi some extra intrigue in dynasty formats, but there is a non-zero chance that his bat continues to be a work in progress in 2017 even if the Royals hand him the keys to shortstop or second base.
The switch-hitting shortstop’s offensive numbers once again fell short of his name value in 2015, but Mondesi’s extreme youth (over five years younger than the average player at Double-A) makes it difficult to read too much into his .243/.279/.372 slash line in the Texas League. The jump from High-A to Double-A is a significant one, so the fact that Mondesi’s wOBA jumped from .278 to .293 is impressive. He also managed more steals (19) in 81 games than he did last season (17) in 110 games against lesser competition, so there are certainly signs of growth. After missing the first five weeks of 2015 with a back strain, Mondesi could return to Double-A Northwest Arkansas at the outset of the 2016 campaign, but he should make it to Triple-A by the time that he turns 21 on July 27. At maturity, Mondesi should display 15-homer power with enough speed to steal 30 bases over a full season, but it will be the development of his hit tool that will determine if he is a good fantasy shortstop or a great one.
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.
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Idle Wednesday
SSKansas City Royals
September 29, 2021
Mondesi is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against Cleveland.
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Notches steal in loss
SSKansas City Royals
September 27, 2021
Mondesi went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Monday's 8-3 loss to Cleveland.
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Not in Wednesday's lineup
SSKansas City Royals
September 22, 2021
Mondesi isn't starting Wednesday's game against Cleveland.
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On bench for nightcap
SSKansas City Royals
September 20, 2021
Mondesi will sit for the second half of Monday's doubleheader against Cleveland, Joel Goldberg of Bally Sports Kansas City reports.
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Notches another steal
SSKansas City Royals
September 20, 2021
Mondesi went 0-for-3 with a stolen base in Sunday's 7-1 loss to the Mariners.
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