He opened the season as the Royals’ starting second baseman after a splendid performance during spring training. The experiment lasted just 14 games.
But more than a month after returning to Class AAA Omaha, Raul Mondesi appears to have locked in at the plate. He entered Tuesday batting .347 with a .391 on-base percentage in 25 games for the Storm Chasers. In a 17-game hitting streak, he was batting .406 (28 for 69).
The performance comes after Mondesi, 21, began the season batting .103 (4 of 39) with 16 strikeouts for the Royals. He struggled to recognizes pitches. He began to press. He looked overmatched at times, resembling the young infielder who made his regular-season debut last year.
Mondesi returned to the big leagues for one game on May 21 in Minnesota when Alex Gordon began paternity leave. He finished 0 for 3 with two strikeouts before returning to Omaha, where he has primarily played shortstop, his natural position. In 25 games, Mondesi has started 17 times at shortstop and eight games at second base.
Bonifacio clarifies pronunciation
On Tuesday, outfielder Jorge Bonifacio offered a slight correction in the pronunciation of his last name.
His name, he said, is pronounced “Boney-facio,” not “Bona-facio,” as he often heard it during his first weeks with the Royals. He joked that he did not know why his older brother, Emilio, never corrected the pronunciation during his career in the major leagues.
Another pronunciation guide: Rookie left-hander Eric Skoglund, who made his major-league debut Tuesday, pronounces his last name “Skoh-glund”.