Is 2020 A Make Or Break Season For Adalberto Mondesi?

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Coming up, Mondesi was highly regarded as one of the best prospects in baseball. At just 20 years old, he got the nod to make his MLB debut in the 2015 World Series. In 2016, he underperformed hitting just .185 with a .231 OBP in 47 games. 2017 was even worse as he batted just .170 with a .214 OBP in 25 games. Still, at age 22 hope glimmered for the future of Mondesi.

2018 came along and Mondesi began the season in Triple-A Omaha. After 29 games of proving he was capable, he was once again called up to the big leagues. In just 75 games, Mondesi managed to steal 32 bases and hit 14 home runs while batting a .276 with a .306 OBP. This was a bad season for the Royals, and Mondesi was one of the only bright spots to look at.

In 2019, the expectations were sky-high. Mondesi showed early on just how talented he really was. He was making great defensive plays, hitting triples, and stealing bases. His 2019 campaign was eventually slowed down by injuries and plate discipline issues down the stretch. He ended the season playing in 102 games while batting a .263 with a .291 OBP along with 9 homers and 43 stolen bases.

There is no doubt Adalberto Mondesi has some tremendous talent. He is great defensively, he’s got pop, and he is really fast. Just how fast? 2019’s stolen base king was Seattle’s Mallex Smith who stole 46 bases in 134 games. Mondesi’s 134-game pace for 2019 was 56 stolen bases, which would have led the league by far. That being said, his plate discipline, or lack thereof, has been an issue. Mondesi had a 162-game pace of 209 strikeouts in 2019, a mark that would have led the league last season.

Adalberto Mondesi is currently recovering from shoulder surgery, due to an injury he suffered in September. He should be ready to go for Opening Day, and from that point let’s hope he can stay healthy. Mondesi has yet to really play out a full season. With that hopefully being the case in 2020, excitement awaits as this is a big season for the 24-year old shortstop.

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