Mondesi, seemingly a long shot to again make the Opening Day roster, is off to a fast start this spring. He is already 3-for-4 with a home run through two games. On Sunday, hitting left-handed, Mondesi smoked two line drives to left for hits.
The fist step was changing his hitting approach. Mondesi spent his offseason in the Dominican Republic revamping his hitting mechanics. He opened his stance from both sides. And he worked on waiting for the right pitch, rather than hacking at everything that looked right.
"Yes, I did a lot of hitting work," he said. "Every day. I changed everything. It feels good."
Mondesi reports he can see the ball better with his open stance, and combined with a more selective approach, he feels he can more easily make the transition to the big leagues again.
"And I stay shorter to the ball," he said. "It gets more comfortable every day."
The Royals maintain that Mondesi still has a shot to make the Opening Day roster, even though they re-signed shortstop Alcides Escobar to a one-year deal. Yost has indicated Mondesi could play second base, which would move Whit Merrifield to more of a super utility role.
"I'm trying to get ready to play in the big leagues," Mondesi said. "It's all about the big leagues."