Mondesi was sent back to Triple-A Omaha on Sunday, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports. Mondesi was brought up to the big club for a lone contest against the Twins as part of a Sunday doubleheader, in which he went 0-for-3 with a pair of strikeouts. The second baseman had spent the previous month in the minors, where he's fared significantly better (.324 average in 74 at-bats) than his time with Kansas City this season (.103 average in 39 at-bats), so clearly the team feels he needs to get additional reps in on the farm.
Mondesi was recalled from Triple-A Omaha prior to Sunday's doubleheader against the Twins, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports. After winning the starting second base gig out of spring training, Mondesi was banished to the minors in late April after getting off to a 4-for-39 (.103 average) start to the season. The 21-year-old was able to get back on track in Omaha with a .324/.383/.554 slash line over 83 plate appearances and could eventually receive another full-time look at the keystone now that he's back with the big club. Before that happens, however, Mondesi will have to prove that he's a superior option to Whit Merrifield, who has been marginally better than Mondesi was since taking over as the Royals' primary second baseman.
Mondesi is happy with the progress he's making at Triple-A Omaha, and feels that he's getting back into a rhythm at the plate, Tony Boone of the Omaha World-Herald reports. The 21-year-old infielder, who was sent to the minors after going 4-for-39 (16 strikeouts) with the Royals, is riding an 11-game hitting streak in Omaha. Mondesi's added 74 points to his batting average (.324) during the impressive run that includes three home runs, six RBI and 10 runs. It remains to be seen when, and if, he'll be recalled. "I'm still working on my stuff," Mondesi said. "I'm really happy I'm getting back into my rhythm. And being around these guys is a lot of fun. I've just got to keep doing my job and keep playing hard."
Mondesi is slashing .250/.325/.306 over nine games since being demoted to Triple-A Omaha. Mondesi was one of the first dominoes to fall in what looks to be a major collapse for the organization in 2017. After the 21-year-old was a surprising choice to make the Opening Day roster, he was sent back to the minors just two weeks into the MLB campaign. With a fire sale likely ahead, the Royals will probably give Mondesi another call-up this summer, but even so, the second baseman is only worth a roster spot in dynasty leagues.
Mondesi was optioned to Triple-A Omaha on Friday. The Royals tried to let the 21-year-old play his way out of his early-season struggles, but after going hitless in his last seven games and dropping his already low batting average to .103, he'll head back to the minors for more seasoning. Look for Whit Merrifield, Cheslor Cuthbert and Christian Colon to fight for playing time at the keystone until Mondesi returns, which could be relatively soon if the latter hits as well as he did at Triple-A last season (.304 batting average, .864 OPS).