Mondesi is among the candidates vying for the Royals' starting job at second base in 2017, the Kansas City Star reports. Despite a PED suspension early in 2016 while he was in the minors, Mondesi debuted with the Royals in late July as a 20-year-old and struggled to find regular playing time down the stretch as he hit .185/.231/.281 in 47 games. Prior to his suspension, Mondesi displayed a combination of power and speed that was previously unseen in his profile, and a significant part of his long-term value comes from his defensive ability shortstop, where he's currently blocked by Alcides Escobar. He'll get an opportunity to compete for the job at the keystone in spring training with the likes of Whit Merrifield, Cheslor Cuthbert, and Christian Colon.
Mondesi remains out of the lineup Tuesday, according to Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio. This marks Mondesi's fourth straight day out of the lineup, so he should no longer be considered a regular for the time being. Christian Colon and Whit Merrifield have taken over the duties at the keystone in Mondesi's place.
Mondesi is not in the lineup Monday against the Athletics. Mondesi had been holding onto to the starting spot at second base for some time now, but it seems that manager Ned Yost wants to give the 21-year-old a bit of time off to clear his head given his .151 batting average over the past 30 games. Christian Colon will take over the keystone for the top prospect as he sits out for the third game in a row.
Mondesi is not in the lineup Sunday for the second day in a row, according to MLB.com's Jeffrey Flanagan. Mondesi went just 1-for-17 over his last six games, so manager Ned Yost decided to give him back-to-back days off to clear his head. Christian Colon will serve as the Royals' second baseman Sunday afternoon.
Mondesi is out of the lineup Saturday against the White Sox, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. The 21-year-old is sitting for the third time in five games, and manager Ned Yost said that he's looking to get Whit Merrifield and Christian Colon more involved between second base and third down the stretch. Mondesi's defense has been excellent but he's batting just .175/.223/.263 in 127 plate appearances.