Shortstop Raul Mondesi, who played for the Lexington Legends in 2013, has been rated by Baseball America as the top prospect in the Kansas City Royals organization.
Mondesi, a son of former major league outfielder Raul Mondesi, turned 19 in July. A native of the Dominican Republic, he signed with the Royals on his 16 th birthday and was just 17 years old when he reported to Lexington for the 2013 season. He was named to the South Atlantic League All-Star team and had two hits in the 2013 SAL All-Star game.
In 125 games with the Legends, Mondesi, a switch-hitter with outstanding speed, batted .261 with seven home runs and 47 runs batted in. He had thirteen doubles and seven triples, and stole 24 bases in 34 attempts.
In 2014, Mondesi was promoted to advanced-A Wilmington in the Carolina League, where he batted just .211 in 110 games, but his 92 hits included 14 doubles, a league-leading 12 triples and eight home runs. He stole 17 bases in 21 attempts for Wilmington.
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In its scouting report, Baseball America said “Mondesi’s tools are outstanding,” but also noted that he needed to improve his hitting approach and pitch recognition. Regarding his defense, the report said “he has a strong arm, soft hands and excellent shortstop actions, and he’s sure-handed for his age.”
The magazine projected that Mondesi would likely return to Wilmington for 2015, allowing him to “catch up to his competition.”
Two other 2013 Legends were ranked among the Royals top 10 prospects. Third baseman Hunter Dozier was ranked fifth and pitcher Miguel Almonte was placed sixth.