The Royals had just added AA player Raul Mondesi Jr. He hit .243 with six home runs in 81 games for the Northwest Arkansas Naturals this season. He also played for the World team at the Futures Game during the All-Star break in July. He can play either shortstop or second base. If the name sounds familiar it because his dad is the Dodgers Rookie of the Year in 1994…..Raul Mondesi. This kid will make history for a player with no MLB experience to play in the World Series. To make room on the roster the Royals designating Joba Chamberlain for assignment. Mondesi takes the spot on the roster that was filled in the previous playoff series by outfielder Terence Lomg who did not bat in series wins over Houston and Toronto
Here is the scouting report on Raul Mondesi. Mondesi is already familiar with a major league dugout, even if it’s only as a place to find a treasure trove of sunflower seeds and bubble gum. While he lacks his father’s power profile, Junior does have a quality bat, superior speed and sure seems to have sophisticated defensive skill. A smallish player, he looks apt to stick at shortstop, where he could grow into some sort of slappy table-setter for the Royals a few years from now. He’s still some distance away from showing anyone exactly how good he’ll be, but an impressive .290/.346/.386 line as a sixteen-year-old in rookie ball was followed by a .261/.311/.361 line in A-ball last season.