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Mondesi among KC prospects on AFL roster

KANSAS CITY -- Five of the Royals' Top 20 prospects as rated by will be playing in the Arizona Fall League this year.

Among the six players headed for the Peoria Javelinas is top-rated prospect Raul Adalberto Mondesi, a shortstop who just turned 19 and is the son of ex-Major Leaguer Raul Mondesi. He's batting .218 for Class A Advanced Wilmington.

Also headed for Arizona are No. 4 third baseman Hunter Dozier; No. 5 pitcher Miguel Almonte; No. 13 outfielder Bubba Starling, and No. 14 pitcher Sam Selman. The sixth player is pitcher Ali Williams.

Dozier, the Royals' top pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, has split his season between Wilmington and Double-A Northwest Arkansas. He's batted .252 with eight homers, 28 doubles and 60 RBIs.

Almonte, a right-hander, is 6-7 with a 4.80 ERA for Wilmington. Starling, their No. 1 Draft pick in 2011, has a .219 average, nine homers and 54 RBIs for Wilmington.

The left-handed Selman was 4-6 with a 3.87 ERA for Northwest Arkansas and has pitched briefly for Triple-A Omaha. Williams, a right-handed reliever, has divided his season between Wilmington and Northwest Arkansas with a 5-3 record and 4.00 ERA in 36 appearances.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for
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