Adalberto is the son of former big league outfielder Raul Mondesi. In fact, he was born in California when his father was a star outfielder for the Dodgers. So he spent a lot of time in big league clubhouses.
His brother, Raul Jr. is an outfielder who spent time in the Rays and Brewers systems.
- Adalberto played in the DPL and trained with Basilio Vizcaino.
- Mondesi's full name is Raul Adalberto Mondesi, but even though his father's name is Raul Ramon Mondesi and he has an older brother named Raul Mondesi Jr. (a former Minor Leaguer in the Rays and Brewers systems), Raul Adalberto is sometimes referred to as Raul Mondesi Jr. In fact, his Twitter handle is @raulmondesijr, while the name displayed on the page is Raul A. Mondesi.
In 2015, Mondesi was chosen to represent the Royals in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.
October 27, 2015: The Royals submitted their roster for the World Series with just one change, but it could be a historic one. Minor League infielder Raul Mondesi was added in place of outfielder Terrance Gore on the active roster, mostly because Ben Zobrist's pregnant wife was due to deliver. The 20-year-old Mondesi would be making his Major League debut if he appears in the game.
Mondesi, ranked as the team's No. 1 prospect and No. 33 overall according to MLBPipeline.com, would be the first player in baseball history to make his Major League debut in the World Series. (Coincidentally, the Mets had a player on their National League Championship Series roster, infielder Matt Reynolds, who also had not yet appeared in the Majors. Mondesi had never played above Double-A.)
Mondesi played and became the second player in the modern era to make his Major League debut in the postseason. (Editor's note: In his first at-bat, he was a pinch-hitter. And Noah Syndergaard struck him out.) Raul's father, by the same name, played 1,525 games over 13 years in the Majors, but never advanced past a division series in three postseasons.
“Many people have told me that he never played in a World Series and I had the opportunity to make my debut in a World Series, so I feel really good,” Mondesi said.
“Flexibility,” Royals manager Ned Yost said was the reason Mondesi was added. “It took a long time for me to think through this with the coaches. Gore is a tremendous base-stealer, but he’s kind of a specialist at that. Mondesi can do a lot of things. He can play the field really, really well—shortstop, second base. He’s a switch-hitter. He can hit a fastball. He can bunt and he can run. When I told Raul he was going to be on the roster, he just looked at me and said, ‘I’m ready.’"
Mondesi did become the first player in Major League history to make his debut in the World Series.
In 2016, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Mondesi as the #1 prospect in the Royals farm system.
May 10, 2016: Royals Minor Leaguer Raul Mondesi received a 50-game suspension without pay for violating Major League Baseball's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.
Mondesi, the club's top prospect and No. 33 overall per MLBPipeline.com, tested positive for Clenbuterol, a performance-enhancing substance. His suspension is effective immediately.
In a statement released by the MLB Players Association, Mondesi responded to the suspension: "Today, I agreed to accept a 50-game suspension from Major League Baseball. It is by far one of the hardest moments I have had to face in my life, but it is a decision that I accept and one that I take full responsibility for as a professional. I took an over-the-counter medication [Subrox-C], which I bought in the Dominican Republic to treat cold and flu symptoms. I failed to read the labeling on the medication or consult with my trainer or team about taking it and did not know it contained a banned substance. I tested positive for that banned substance, with a minuscule amount of Clenbuterol in my system, which could not have possibly enhanced my performance on the field, and now must face the consequences of that mistake.
"I apologize to my organization, my teammates, the fans and everyone who has supported me in my career. Never did I intend to take a substance that would give me an unfair advantage on the field. It is solely my mistake and there are no excuses for my carelessness in not being fully informed of what I put in my body. My goal is to work through this setback and make it back in time to help my organization compete for another World Series title."
MLB and the MLBPA reached an agreement to drop the suspension from 80 to 50 games after Mondesi showed the banned substance in a cold medicine, according to the New York Post's Joel Sherman. (C Kruth - MLB.com - May 10, 2016)
March 4, 2017: If there has been an early surprise in Royals camp so far, look no further than Raul, who is in a four-way battle for the starting second-base job with Christian Colon, Whit Merrifield and Cheslor Cuthbert. All have been impressive at times, but it's Mondesi's elite skill set that always has intrigued baseball observers. Now that skill set is emerging for all to see.
"This year he's a different guy," manager Ned Yost said. "[General manager] Dayton [Moore] and I were talking about it today. He's more confident, he's more relaxed. It's like he's just a different guy this spring." "And this is part of the growing-up process," Yost said. "He was here in camp last year, went through the big leagues last year. He had a winter to digest that mentally. Now he is here and he understands what it is like to play in the big leagues. He is way more confident and relaxed. It's obvious."
Yost also has noticed a difference in Mondesi's personality. "He's more outgoing," he said. "He's a lot happier, it seems. He's engaging." (J Flanagan - MLB.com - March 4, 2017)
- July 2011: Mondesi signed with the Royals for a $2 million bonus soon after his 16th birthday. Scouts Edis Perez and Alvin Cuevas signed him for K.C.
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Mondesi gets a 50 grade for his hitting ability, and a 40 for his power, on the 20-80 scouting scale (in which 50 is big league average).
Raul is a switch-hitting shortstop. He has a decent approach from both sides of the plate and good bat speed.
He should hit for a good average, currently has gap power and should develop into a decent home run threat as his skinny frame continues to fill out. (Spring 2016)
Adalberto can be overmatched at the plate at times. He swings at everything, and seems to struggle to accept a base on balls. So pitchers can work him into a poor hitter's count. He can be overmatched.
He needs to improve his poor plate discipline and approach. He will chase pitches out of the zone, but at times he shows solid pitch recognition. His ability to work counts needs improvement.
He has a poor two-strike approach. That is when he really expands the zone and chase unhittable breaking balls and fastballs. His swing has no obvious mechanical flaws from either side, but too often he gets caught lunging because of poor pitch recognition that disconnects his legs from his swing.
Mondesi has a fairly simple swing from both sides of the plate and shows no pronounced difference when hitting against lefthanders or righthanders. Long-term, he projects as an above-average hitter with average power.
Raul will be a solid big leaguer once he finds a hitting approach, as one said he was “just a pup” who made decent contact and had all the tools. He won’t hit for more than fringe power, but he can spray the ball around and run with plus speed, so he projects to hit for average. (Spring 2016)
Raul strkies out too much for a guy who won't hit many home runs—26 percent of the time in 2015.
Mondesi's speed will always allow his hit tool to play up. He can bunt or beat out an infield hit. And he can hit one out of the yard. But Raul can't seem to put together a consistent approach.
July 27, 2016: Raul has another reason to remember his first Major League hit—it helped win a game on his 21st birthday. Mondesi's bunt single helped trigger a four-run seventh that rallied the Royals to a 7-5 win over the Angels, snapping a four-game losing streak.
“He’s a great talent,” Royals manager Ned Yost said. “He’s extremely athletic. The thing that’s fun right now is you saw him two years ago and he’s starting to fill out. He’s starting to get stronger, like you knew he would. He’s able to do more things on the baseball field. It’s a fun progression to sit back and watch. It takes time, but you see him getting better and stronger every year. It’s fun to watch his development. We knew he had some pop. He can do more than people realize.”
Adalberto/Raul is a true shortstop, with good quickness along with soft hands, plus range and arm strength. He has fluid actions.
He shines defensively. He rates an impressive 70 for his defense and also a far above-avg. grade of 65 or 70 for his strong arm.
Mondesi has very good instincts for the game.He makes plays few other shortstops can make. He has a lithe, athletic body. He gets to balls other shorstops can't reach at all. He is especially good at coming in on balls.
Raul has excellent shortstop actions.
Mondesi's hands are so quick that his transfers seem like a blur.
Raul never takes a bad at-bat back into the field. He plays with joy.
- Mondesi is also able to do a fine job at second base. So, he is a plus (a 65 grade on the 20-80 scouting scale) defender at either short or second.
- Adalberto is far-above-average as a runner. He has gained speed, now rating a 70 as a runner on the 20-80 scouting scale.
- April 5-May 15, 2015: Raul was on the D.L. with lower back tightness. The Royals vice president of player personnel J.J. Picollo characterized Mondesi’s back injury as a “maintenance deal.”
“He’s got to stretch all the time, a normal routine,” he said. “If he does that, his back is not going to bug him.”
March 10, 2017: Mondesi was shut down to recover from a collision at first base during an 11-7 loss against the A's. Mondesi showed symptoms of a mild concussion after the collision, so the Royals are being precautious with regards to his activity.
Royals manager Ned Yost seemed hopeful that Mondesi would be available to practice again in a day or two.
"I just saw him this morning, and he said he feels much better," Yost said. "We'll see how he feels tomorrow, and if he is asymptomatic, he can practice." (J Flanagan - MLB.com - March 11, 2017) :