Adalberto Mondesi
Adalberto Mondesi
23-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Kansas City Royals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Mondesi floundered in his prior big-league cameos and failed to unseat Alcides Escobar for a starting gig last spring, but the Royals held the 23-year-old in high esteem due to his top-flight speed and plus raw power. He rewarded that faith once he resurfaced in the majors in mid-June, racking up 32 steals and 30 extra-base hits in only 75 games. There's no denying Mondesi boasts truly elite tools that compare favorably with any player, but his unrefined plate approach makes the sustainability of his 2018 success more questionable. His free-swinging ways will no doubt ding his outlook in OBP leagues, though there's reason to hope his wheels and loud contact (43.1% hard-hit rate) can prop up his BABIP and in turn batting average. Regardless, it's clear Mondesi backers will have to pay full freight to figure out what happens in 2019, as his huge second half will prompt some to chase the dream of what a full season of production might look like. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Royals in July of 2011 that includes a $2 million signing bonus.
Swipes sixth bag
SSKansas City Royals
April 19, 2019
Mondesi went 1-for-4 with an RBI and a stolen base in Friday's loss to the Yankees.
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Mondesi plated the game's first run in the third inning on a single to right field, but the Yankees would come away with a 6-2 victory. The 23-year-old is hitting .269 with two homers, 14 RBI and six stolen bases through 19 games in 2019, although his strikeout rate (29.5 percent) is an area of concern.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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#3
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1
14
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+6%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+6%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .788 139 19 6 20 18 .282 .299 .489
Since 2017vs Right .745 307 43 11 36 26 .251 .289 .456
2019vs Left .790 32 3 1 5 4 .286 .290 .500
2019vs Right .802 63 8 1 11 3 .259 .302 .500
2018vs Left .834 93 16 5 14 11 .289 .312 .522
2018vs Right .789 198 31 9 23 21 .270 .303 .486
2017vs Left .462 14 0 0 1 3 .231 .231 .231
2017vs Right .459 46 4 1 2 2 .150 .209 .250
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+41%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+187%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+15%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+63%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .886 227 33 10 35 24 .298 .338 .548
Since 2017Away .629 219 29 7 21 20 .223 .245 .383
2019Home 1.088 56 9 2 11 5 .353 .382 .706
2019Away .379 39 2 0 5 2 .143 .179 .200
2018Home .860 143 21 7 23 17 .299 .338 .522
2018Away .749 148 26 7 14 15 .255 .274 .475
2017Home .588 28 3 1 1 2 .174 .240 .348
2017Away .360 32 1 0 2 3 .167 .194 .167
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How does Adalberto Mondesi compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.18
 
BB Rate
5.3%
 
K Rate
29.5%
 
BABIP
.356
 
ISO
.233
 
AVG
.267
 
OBP
.298
 
SLG
.500
 
OPS
.798
 
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Mondesi has flopped in a few brief auditions at the big-league level, but nevertheless there is some buzz surrounding the 22-year-old given his speed and path to everyday playing time in 2018. His pedigree as the son of a former All-Star and success at the Triple-A level help as well (.370 wOBA, 119 wRC+ last season). He still needs to learn how to take a walk (5.0 percent walk rate), and the offensive numbers last year were clearly propped up by the favorable run-scoring environments of the PCL (.373 BABIP). But Mondesi did make strides in terms of making contact (24.1 percent) and the quality of that contact was much improved (.234 ISO). It seemed obvious that Mondesi would step in at shortstop this season, but in a bizarre move, the Royals brought Alcides Escobar back on a one-year deal to play shortstop in 2018. If Mondesi can find a way to earn regular playing time at shortstop or second base, the new ball in MLB puts 10-20 home runs well within reach for the youngster. Only four shortstops reached 10 homers and 20 steals last season (Elvis Andrus, Jose Reyes, Jean Segura and Trea Turner). Unfortunately, it sounds like he may have to open the year back at Triple-A, so caution is advised when drafting Mondesi in single-season leagues.
Between his capricious youth, switch-hitting stick and flashy defensive chops as a middle infielder, 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.
The switch-hitting shortstop’s offensive numbers once again fell short of his name value in 2015, but Mondesi’s extreme youth (over five years younger than the average player at Double-A) makes it difficult to read too much into his .243/.279/.372 slash line in the Texas League. The jump from High-A to Double-A is a significant one, so the fact that Mondesi’s wOBA jumped from .278 to .293 is impressive. He also managed more steals (19) in 81 games than he did last season (17) in 110 games against lesser competition, so there are certainly signs of growth. After missing the first five weeks of 2015 with a back strain, Mondesi could return to Double-A Northwest Arkansas at the outset of the 2016 campaign, but he should make it to Triple-A by the time that he turns 21 on July 27. At maturity, Mondesi should display 15-homer power with enough speed to steal 30 bases over a full season, but it will be the development of his hit tool that will determine if he is a good fantasy shortstop or a great one.
Mondesi may be one of the more promising prospects in the Royals' organization, but the Dominican native largely struggled at the plate in 2014 for High-A Wilmington. He showed flashes of potential, however, as the switch-hitting infielder was able to tally five home runs over a seven-game stretch in mid-August. Though he hasn't been able to hit for average just yet, Mondesi will be just 19 years old for the majority of 2015, so there remains plenty of time to work on his pitch recognition, an area that has given him trouble in the past. Regarded as one of the better defensive infielders in the organization, he has the potential to challenge Alcides Escobar for a job as early as 2017, placing him firmly on the radar in dynasty formats.
The 18-year-old shortstop prospect impressed a number of scouts and personnel directors last year as he appeared in 125 games for Low-A Lexington of the South Atlantic League and hit .261 with seven home runs and 24 stolen bases. He still has plenty of growing to do, on a physical level, but he looks strong defensively. While his numbers are not overly impressive, he didn't appear overmatched despite being among the youngest players at his level. He makes strong contact from both sides of the plate and should open the 2014 season at High-A Wilmington where he'll be tested by older and stronger pitchers. Considering where he is in his development, he's still a few years away, however, dynasty league owners will want to scoop him up now and stash him away.
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First day off of season
SSKansas City Royals
April 16, 2019
Mondesi is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the White Sox.
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Swipes two bags
SSKansas City Royals
April 14, 2019
Mondesi went 1-for-5 with two stolen bases in a 9-8 victory against the Indians on Sunday.
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Big night on basepaths
SSKansas City Royals
April 10, 2019
Mondesi went 2-for-4 with a run scored and two stolen bases in Wednesday's 6-5 loss to the Royals.
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Blazes around basepaths in loss
SSKansas City Royals
April 2, 2019
Mondesi went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run, two RBI and a stolen base in Tuesday's 5-4 extra-inning loss to the Twins.
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Settling in as No. 2 hitter
SSKansas City Royals
April 2, 2019
Mondesi will start at shortstop and bat second Tuesday in the Royals' game against the Twins.
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