So far, Raul Mondesi has two claims to fame: He's the son of a former All-Star and the first player to make his major-league debut in the World Series. Neither is justification to draft him in Fantasy, and he's probably not going to get a chance to contribute this year anyway. Not only is he just 20 years old, but he also hit .243 with a .651 OPS at Double-A last year and is considered to be quite raw. He's an immense talent and ranks near the top of most every prospects list, but he's not close to major-league ready and only made the World Series roster because of a wacky set of circumstances. Maybe someday we'll consider him a top-10 shortstop, but for now he's just a long-term keeper option.
Mondesi, one of the Royals' top prospects, is on the World Series roster. Mondesi, who was called up from Double-A just days prior, will replace Terrance Gore on the World Series roster. The 20-year-old shortstop might not be as fast as Gore, but he's still stolen 72 bases throughout his minor league career and is considered one of the better defensive prospects to come through the Royals system in the last few years. The World Series is an interesting stage to make a MLB debut, but it's unlikely Mondesi will be asked to do too much unless Kansas City incurs multiple injuries during the series.
Royals prospect Raul Mondesi has had a trying season in the minors, mostly due to a back injury that has limited him to 38 games for Double-A Northwest Arkansas. The top-100 prospect is batting just .250 with a .390 slugging percentage and .657 OPS in 38 games. Mondesi hasn't had great offensive numbers as a pro (.248/.366/.660), but the Royals are still very high on the 19-year-old prospect. "There's really nothing that he doesn't possess," assistant general manager J.J. Picollo said, per The Kansas City Star. "He's a top-of-the-scale runner. He's got power from both sides of the plate. He plays a premium position. He's got a plus arm." Scouts have said Mondesi has a restless approach at the plate. Mondesi is well aware of the scouting report and trying hard to fix his offensive flaws. "I've got to stay focused on hitting the ball up the middle, the other way," Mondesi said. "Because I just try to pull too much."
The Royals announced Wednesday they optioned pitcher Aaron Brooks, infielder Orlando Calixte, outfielder Lane Adams and outfielder Jorge Bonifacio to Triple-A Omaha. They also reassigned pitcher Buddy Baumann, pitcher Brian Broderick, pitcher Casey Coleman, pitcher Joe Paterson, infielder Hunter Dozier, infielder Matt Fields, infielder Raul Mondesi and outfielder Bubba Starling to minor-league camp.
Royals manager Ned Yost told reporters he's going to give shortstop prospect Raul Mondesi a "good look" during spring training, per MLB.com. "We are just here to give him a good look, let him play and get some experience and let him enjoy big league Spring Training," Yost said. "Everything jumps out. He's that kind of guy. He just stands out a little bit. He's going to be a special player." Mondesi, the son of Raul Mondesi Sr. and the youngest player in camp at 19, is the top prospect in the organization, after signing for $2 million as an international free agent in 2011, according to MLB.com. He hit .211/.256/.354 over 435 at-bats in the Carolina League in 2014. He could be in line for a Double-A promotion in 2015.