Mondesi was recalled from Triple-A Omaha on Friday. Mondesi certainly has the tools and Triple-A performance to suggest he could be a fantasy asset down the stretch, but it's far less certain that he will get enough starts to make an impact. He probably represents an upgrade over Alcides Escobar at shortstop, but the veteran may get preferential treatment from manager Ned Yost. Mondesi hit .305/.340/.539 with 13 home runs and 21 steals in 85 games in the Pacific Coast League, and is still just 22 years old.
Mondesi's status with the Royals remains the same -- strictly a September callup who's expected to be the future shortstop -- despite his dominance at Triple-A Omaha, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. The 21-year-old was an exciting fantasy pick when he earned the Royals' starting second base job to open the year. However, only 15 games into the season, Mondesi was demoted after hitting .095 in 42 at-bats. His .311/.350/.554 slash line in the minors brought about speculation that he would make a major-league contribution down the stretch, but apparently management does not see it that way.
Mondesi (back) is in the lineup for Triple-A Omaha on Thursday, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Mondesi missed about three weeks of action with a back ailment but is ready to return to the field with Triple-A Omaha. He'll look to build on his impressive .316 minor-league average before likely rejoining the big-league club when rosters expand in September.
Mondesi (back) is expected to return to the lineup early next week for Triple-A Omaha, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports The Royals have taken it slow with Mondesi, who hasn't played since July 9, in part because this ailment is something the 22-year-old has dealt with before. After a disappointing, and short, MLB stint to open the year, Mondesi has been destroying Triple-A pitching with a .316 average and .892 OPS.
Mondesi hasn't played for Triple-A Omaha since July 9 due to a sore back, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports. Mondesi hasn't missed extensive action with his absence partially corresponding with the Pacific Coast League All-Star break, and it appears a long-term stay on the disabled list is off the table, as the Royals are viewing him as day-to-day. The 21-year-old failed to impress earlier this season as the Royals' everyday shortstop but has shined since heading back to the minors, batting .316/.346/.544 with 30 extra-base hits and 18 steals for the Triple-A club.
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