• by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Down year doesn't temper Royals expectations for Raul Mondesi

    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."

  • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

    Starling, Mondesi, Dozier among Royals cuts Wednesday

    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.

  • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

    Royals' Yost: We're going to give Raul Mondesi a 'good look' in 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.