Between his capricious youth, switch-hitting stick and flashy defensive chops as a middle infielder, Raul 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.
Mondesi (back) will man second base and bat in the leadoff spot in Sunday's Cactus League game against the Cubs, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Mondesi had been out of action the last two days while dealing with lower-back tightness, but the Royals never viewed it as a long-term concern. With Mondesi back in action after the brief absence, he'll look to continue his stellar spring training, during which he's gone 13-of-30 (.433 average) with two homers and two doubles. Those excellent numbers may be enough to keep him ahead of Whit Merrifield and Christian Colon in the competition for starting duties at second base.
Mondesi was a late scratch from Friday's Cactus League lineup with lower back tightness, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports. Humberto Arteaga took his place at second base. Mondesi is having a great spring, batting .433 with two home runs and three RBI over 13 games. Consider him day-to-day until further information becomes available.
Mondesi is back in the lineup playing second base on Monday, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio reports. Mondesi left last Friday's game with what the Royals thought was a concussion, but the 21-year-old passed all the necessary tests and will be back on the field after completing a workout on Sunday with no issues. He'll continue to battle it out in a four-way competition for the second base job.
Mondesi (head) is expected to resume workouts Sunday and could return to game action Monday or Tuesday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. The young infielder left Friday's game prematurely after a collision at first base, but it seems like he's already on the mend of his recovery from that incident. If all goes well in his workouts Sunday, he should be good to go to compete for the starting second base job.
Manager Ned Yost says Mondesi does not have a concussion, but will take it easy for a few days, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Mondesi was involved in a collision at first base in Friday's Cactus League game, but left the field under his own power. These are likely precautionary measures taken by the Royals to better ensure long-term health for the youngster. Mondesi is having a great spring thus far, batting .450 with a home run and two RBI in nine games. The switch-hitter is in the midst of a four-way battle for the second base job and will likely return to the field soon, barring any setbacks.