Raul A. Mondesi could make Major League Baseball history in this year’s World Series.
He would be the first player ever to make his MLB debut in the Fall Classic. Mondesi was added to the Royals World Series roster on Tuesday.
Here are seven things to know about him:
1. Raul Adalberto Mondesi had a slash line of .243/.279/.372 at Class AA Northwest Arkansas this season. He hit six homers and stole 19 bases. Mondesi hit .270 in the first half of the season and .228 in the second half.
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2. He his Baseball America’s No. 28 prospect in baseball, which is first in the Royals’ organization. He is ranked No. 33 from MLB.com’s Prospect Pipeline. According to an MLB.com report, “Mondesi is much more polished defensively at this point. He has classic shortstop actions and the range, hands and arm to make all the plays at the position. If he gets a chance to catch his breath and let his bat develop, he could blossom into an All-Star.”
3. He will wear No. 27 for the Royals in the World Series.
4. The Royals signed Mondesi for $2 million on his 16th birthday (July 27, 2011). He was still 16 when he made his minor-league debut with Idaho Falls, a Rookie League team, in 2012. He batted .290 there.
5. In 2013, Mondesi was the player of the year for Class A Lexington and was a South Atlantic League All-Star that year.
6. He was named a “Rising Star” in the Arizona Fall League last year when he hit .233 with six doubles, a triple and five stolen bases in 17 games.
7. His dad, Raul Mondesi, appeared in 1,535 career games, including 10 in the postseason, but he never made it to the World Series. His older brother is Raul Mondesi Jr., who never advanced past Rookie League ball and last played in 2012. He was in the Rays and Brewers organizations.
Andy McCullough wrote a story about Mondesi this summer.
Here are two Instagram posts from Mondesi: