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2. Adalberto Mondesi

The son of former All-Star and Rookie of the Year Raul Mondesi, this Raul Mondesi, as he prefers to be called now, has steadily risen though the Kansas City Royals system. In fact, it may be fair to wonder if Mondesi has been promoted too quickly, as he is only 19 years old and already has a full season at the AA level.

Despite being over five years younger than the average player in the Texas League, Mondesi held his own. His .243/.279/.372 batting line was not spectacular by any means, but he did steal 19 bases while hitting six home runs and five triples. Mondesi also kept his strikeout rate at approximately the same level as last season, with a 0.2% increase in strikeouts this past year.

Even with his moderate level of success in the Texas League, it may be fair to wonder if the Royals are rushing Mondesi through the system. His plate discipline is almost non-existent, as Mondesi has walked a total of 41 times in 883 plate appearances over the past two seasons, including his time in the Arizona Fall League, where he did not draw a walk in 73 plate appearances. A more patient approach would certainly help Mondesi’s numbers improve.

If the Kansas City Royals are patient with him, Raul Mondesi could have a very bright future. Otherwise, his development may be stunted, as he is pushed far too quickly through the system.

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