Let’s face it: Baseball prospects are a hit-and-miss proposition.
Some of those can’t-miss guys turn out to be busts. So when Royals fans kept hearing for the past few years about second baseman Raul Mondesi and his huge upside, they took it with a grain of salt, while still hoping for the best
But Mondesi, who is just 21, has shown why there was such hype since he joined the team in late July. Last Thursday, he made a stunning defensive play at Miami.
On Sunday night, he absolutely crushed a ball and cleared the bases with a triple in the sixth inning. The ball traveled 406 feet, and turned a 4-3 Red Sox lead into a 6-4 Royals advantage.
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Here is the radio call:
Mondesi didn’t turn on the jets at first, but still made it from home to third in a flash:
Mondesi wasn’t done showing off his speed. After Paulo Orlando was hit by a pitch, Cheslor Cuthbert hit a nubber back to the mound and Mondesi raced home and scored.
That ball traveled about 30 feet, and Mondesi still made it home. The Royals ended up scoring eight runs in the sixth inning and won 10-4.
Mondesi is batting just .189, but if these flashes of brilliance can lead to even more, he should be fan favorite for years to come.