Raúl Adalberto Mondesí (born July 27, 1995) is a Dominican-American professional baseball shortstop for the Kansas City Royals of Major League Baseball (MLB). He is the first player in modern MLB history to make his debut in the World Series, doing so with the Royals in Game 3 on October 30, 2015, against the New York Mets.
|Kansas City Royals – No. 27|
|Born: July 27, 1995|
Los Angeles, California
|October 30, 2015, for the Kansas City Royals|
|MLB statistics |
(through May 16, 2019)
|Runs batted in||89|
|Career highlights and awards|
Mondesí signed with the Kansas City Royals on July 27, 2011, receiving a signing bonus of $2 million. He made his professional debut in 2012 with the Idaho Falls Chukars of the Rookie-level Pioneer League. He finished the season, hitting .290/.346/.386 with three home runs in 50 games. Prior to the 2013 season, Mondesí was ranked by Baseball America as the team's seventh best prospect. He played the 2013 season with the Lexington Legends of the Class A South Atlantic League. On May 27 he hit for the cycle. He finished the season hitting .261/.311/.361 with seven home runs. After the season, he was named the Class A Lexington Player of the Year by the Royals.
Prior to the 2014 season, Mondesí was considered one of the top prospects in baseball. He was ranked by Baseball America as the team's third best prospect. He was ranked by MLB.com as the 38th best prospect overall. Mondesi spent the 2014 season with the Wilmington Blue Rocks of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League, and played for the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League after the regular season.
Kansas City RoyalsEdit
The Royals added Mondesi to their active roster for the 2015 World Series. He became the first player since Bug Holliday in 1885 to make his major league debut during a championship series, when he pinch hit during Game 3 for pitcher Danny Duffy and struck out against New York Mets pitcher Noah Syndergaard. He won his first World Series ring on November 2, 2015, when the Kansas City Royals won Game 5 over the New York Mets.
Mondesi began the 2016 season in Double-A. On May 10, Mondesi was suspended 50 games after testing positive for clenbuterol which is banned by Major League Baseball. His suspension was originally 80 games, but was reduced due to the substance having been ingested via cold medicine.
On August 16, 2016, Mondesi hit his first major league home run against Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander. Mondesi became the youngest Royal to hit a home run since Clint Hurdle in 1978. Mondesi ended the season hitting .185/.231/.281 with nine stolen bases in 47 games.
Mondesi spent the majority of the 2017 season in AAA. He appeared in 25 games in the major leagues, batting .170/.214/.245 with five stolen bases.
After beginning the 2018 season in the minors, Mondesi was recalled during the month of June to play shortstop regularly. In 75 games, he batted .276/.306/.498 and hit 14 home runs with 32 stolen bases.
Mondesí is the son of former MLB player Raúl Mondesí. Known as Adalberto when he signed with the Royals, Mondesí went by Raúl Mondesí (and was sometimes referred to in media as Raúl A. Mondesí or Raúl Mondesí Jr.) from 2015 to 2018. He was born in Los Angeles, California, while his father played for the Los Angeles Dodgers. He grew up in the Dominican Republic.
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Raul Mondesi Jr of Royals tests positive for Clenbuterol; suspended 50 games. Reduced from 80G when proved substance was in cold medicine
- Adalberto Mondesi Stats | Baseball-Reference.com
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