Adalberto Mondesi’s progress expected to continue in 2019
Here’s a recap of how the Royals’ scored a run in the eighth inning of their 5-2 loss to the Rays on Tuesday night:
Infield single, groundout, wild pitch.
You’d think something was missing from that sequence, right? Well, no, that’s how it happened thanks to Royals shortstop Adalberto Mondesi.
Mondesi reached on an infield single to Rays shortstop Willy Adames. Alex Gordon hit a ball back to pitcher Austin Pruitt and Mondesi took second. Then, while Jorge Soler was batting, Pruitt threw a wild pitch that allowed Mondesi to score from second base.
Here’s a reminder that Mondesi is really, really fast. It was also a heads-up play.
Statcast broke down Mondesi’s 180-foot dash home, including a sprint speed of 30.1 feet per second, which is elite:
Check out this angle from behind the plate: