Mondesi agreed to a one-year, $2.52 million contract with the Royals on Friday, avoiding arbitration.
Perhaps the most divisive player in fantasy baseball heading into 2021 drafts, Mondesi could lead the majors in steals by a wide margin. However, it's easy to point out that his plate skills are quite poor relative to the players who typically get drafted in the first couple rounds of drafts. He should be able to stay in the lineup even amid long slumps, as his defense at shortstop is extremely valuable and he is still just 25 years old.
Mondesi went 3-for-4 with a home run, one double and two RBI in Sunday's win against the Tigers.
Mondesi was on a tear to close out the season as he recorded multi-hit performances in each of the last five games. He came within a triple of hitting for the cycle in the regular-season finale as he helped power the Royals to a 3-1 win. The 25-year-old finished the 2020 campaign with a .256 batting average, six home runs, 22 RBI and 24 stolen bases.
Mondesi went 3-for-3 with an RBI triple, two stolen bases and a run scored in Friday's 3-2 win over the Tigers.
Mondesi was just a homer shy of the cycle Friday. In the first inning, Mondesi and Whit Merrifield executed a double-steal after the former got aboard with a single. In the second, Mondesi had an RBI triple. He added a double in the fifth and stole third, which gave the speedy shortstop 24 stolen bases on the year. He's surged to end the season, going 11-for-19 with five steals, seven runs scored and four RBI in his last five games. Overall, he's produced four homers, three triples, 18 RBI and 30 runs scored in 57 contests.
Mondesi went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk, three runs and an RBI during Wednesday's 12-3 win over the Cardinals.
Mondesi's fantasy value this season has almost exclusively derived from his MLB-high 20 stolen bases, but he delivered a rare big performance without contributing on the basepaths. The three runs tied a season high for Mondesi, whose 14 runs over his last 12 games exceed his total from his first 43 games of the season combined (13). The increased scoring is a byproduct of moving up higher in the lineup in September, though Mondesi has created some of his own good fortune by demonstrating some progress at the plate. He's notched at least one hit in all but four of his last 18 contests.
Mondesi went 2-for-4 with a stolen base, two runs scored and a walk in Friday's 9-5 loss to the Brewers.
Mondesi drew a walk and scored on Salvador Perez's first-inning double. In the third, Mondesi reached on a single and advanced to second on Ryan Braun's error before coming around to score on a Perez single. Mondesi added his 18th stolen base of the year by swiping third in the seventh inning after hitting a leadoff double. The speedy shortstop is slashing .216/.253/.330 with four homers, 14 RBI and 23 runs scored in 50 games this year, but he's been more productive since the start of September.
Mondesi went 2-for-5 with a two-run home run, one steal and one additional run scored Saturday against the Pirates.
He is up to four home runs to go along with his MLB-leading 16 steals. Mondesi is hitting .288/.329/.530 with four home runs and nine steals in 66 at-bats over his last 17 games, rewarding those who were patient with him after a really rough start to the season.
Mondesi went 1-for-3 with three runs scored, two walks, two stolen bases and an RBI in a 4-3 win over the Pirates on Friday.
Mondesi played a role in every run scored by the Royals on Friday, and he now has 15 stolen bases on the season. He's also riding an eight-game hitting streak, which has buoyed his September average to .286.
Mondesi went 1-for-4 with a home run, a walk, three RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored Thursday against Cleveland.
The highlight was a three-run homer in the eighth inning. He continued to produce on the basepaths, recording his 13th stolen base of the campaign in the third inning after reaching base on a walk. Mondesi is quietly riding a seven-game hitting streak. That's bolstered his season-long line to .204/.232/.290 with two home runs, 15 runs scored and 11 RBI across 170 plate appearances.
Mondesi is starting at shortstop and batting second Tuesday against Cleveland.
He is hitting .375 with one home run, three steals, five strikeouts and zero walks in 16 at-bats over his last four games, which is apparently a large enough sample of quality production for the Royals to bump him from the bottom third to the top third of the lineup. Mondesi had not hit higher than seventh in the order since he hit sixth Aug. 11.
Mondesi went 1-for-4 with a solo home run and a stolen base in Monday's 5-2 loss to Cleveland.
His seventh inning shot was his first homer of the year and the only run the Royals managed off Zach Plesac. Mondesi has nudged his average back up to .200 with six hits in his last four games, and his AL-leading 11 steals have been the only thing keeping his fantasy value afloat this year.
Mondesi went 3-for-4 with two stolen bases and a pair of RBI singles in Friday's 7-4 loss to the White Sox.
Mondesi had RBI singles in the second and fourth innings. After the latter one, he also recorded his first stolen base of the game. His second steal came in the eighth. The shortstop snapped an 0-for-22 skid Friday, but he's still slashing only .196/.224/.246 with a major-league-leading 10 stolen bases as well as 11 runs scored and five RBI in 38 games this year.
Mondesi is not in Tuesday's lineup against Cleveland.
It's been a rough season for Mondesi, but things have been particularly bad lately. He is 2-for-33 (.061 average) with a 32.4 percent strikeout rate, one walk and zero extra-base hits over his last eight games. It's a testament to his immense upside on the basepaths that he somehow still has two steals over that stretch, but it's hard to blame the Royals for letting him clear his head for this one. Nicky Lopez will start at shortstop while Whit Merrifield starts at the keystone.
Mondesi went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts and eight men left on base in Friday's 6-5 loss to the White Sox.
His whiff with runners on second and third and nobody out in the second inning set the tone for his evening, and Mondesi's inability to make any kind of solid contact cost the Royals dearly in the end. The shortstop's speed still gives him fantasy value as long as he's in the starting lineup, but Mondesi's .205/.225/.265 slash line and 2:37 BB:K through 32 games have that starting job on very thin ice.
Mondesi went 1-for-4 with a stolen base in Tuesday's win over the Cardinals.
It's been a colossal struggle at the plate for Mondesi so far this season -- he has a walk rate under two percent and entered this game with a 35 wRC+, the lowest mark among all qualified hitters. He's making up for those struggles to an extent in rotisserie leagues with seven bags in 11 attempts, but if Mondesi can't provide anything more with the bat, his playing time will eventually take a hit.
Mondesi will start at shortstop and bat ninth Sunday against the Twins, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
Nicky Lopez had batted out of the ninth spot in the order in three of the previous four games, but after a recent surge at the plate, he'll move up to the two hole in the series finale. As a result, the rest of the Royals regulars will drop back a spot in the lineup, leaving the struggling Mondesi as the No. 9 hitter for the first time this season. While Mondesi hasn't hesitated to run this season, he's gotten on base at a measly .263 clip and hasn't been efficient on the bases (five steals in nine attempts). Additionally, he has yet to hit a home run in 21 games, leaving those that selected Mondesi in fantasy drafts wanting more a quarter of the way through the season.
Mondesi went 1-for-5 with two stolen bases in Saturday's 9-6 win over the Twins.
After singling against Sean Poppen in the seventh inning, Mondesi stole second and third to triple his stolen stolen-base total for the season. Mondesi has drawn only one walk in 62 plate appearances and is still without a homer. However, after batting as low as eighth last week, Mondesi has hit fifth in each of the Royals' last three games, which suggests manager Mike Matheny is confident that Mondesi is close to getting it together.
Mondesi went 3-for-4 with a double, run scored and RBI in Tuesday's win over the Cubs.
Mondesi plated the Royals' first run of the game with a single in the second inning and scored their final run in the ninth. The 25-year-old has overcome a slow start by reaching base in six of his last seven games, going 11-for-24 (.458) over that span. Mondesi is batting .289 (13-for-45) on the season, though he has stolen only one base in three attempts.
Mondesi (quadriceps) will bat eighth and play shortstop Monday against the Cubs, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
Mondesi left Sunday's game against the White Sox after fouling a pitch off his leg, but his removal was considered precautionary, so it's no big surprise to see him remain in the lineup Monday. Mondesi has started all 11 games this season despite going just .231/.231/.333 at the plate, though the rebuilding Royals have little reason not to let him work through his struggles on the field.
Mondesi was removed from Sunday's game against the White Sox after the fourth inning with a quadriceps contusion, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reports.
According to Lewis, the Royals are labeling Mondesi's removal as precautionary after he fouled a pitch off his lower leg during his lone at-bat in the second inning. Mondesi ended up grounding out in the at-bat and went on to play the next two innings in the field, but the Royals decided to err on the side of caution by pulling him out of the contest early. Nicky Lopez (shin) came off the bench to replace Mondesi, who can be considered day-to-day heading into Monday's series opener with the Cubs.
Mondesi will start at shortstop and bat seventh Sunday against the White Sox.
Mondesi hit either second or third in the Royals' first five games of the season, but he's since shifted down in the lineup, as he'll bat sixth or lower in the order for the fourth time in five days Sunday. The change hasn't had much of a negative effect thus far for Mondesi, who has reached base in each of his past four starts while going 7-for-17 with three runs, two extra-base hits and a stolen base.
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|2019||AAX-Northwest Arkansas N||2||9||0||2||1||0||0||0||--||4||1||0||.222||.222||.333|