Royals infielder Raul Mondesi, the club's No. 1 prospect, recently attended the annual Rookie Career Development Program.The event is run jointly by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, and has helped up-and-coming big leaguers deal with off-the-field issues, such as media training and finances, for 25
Royals infielder Raul Mondesi, the club's No. 1 prospect, recently attended the annual Rookie Career Development Program.
The event is run jointly by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association, and has helped up-and-coming big leaguers deal with off-the-field issues, such as media training and finances, for 25 years.
Mondesi, who became the first player in Major League history to make his debut in the World Series, sat down with MLB.com's David Venn during the seminar.
MLB.com: Raul, you experienced something unprecedented in October. You were the first player to make his big league debut in a World Series. Talk to me about that.
Mondesi: I first have to thank God for giving me that opportunity to be the first player to make his debut in the World Series. It really feels good. It's a very big accomplishment for me and my family. Every one of them is proud of me. Above all I have to thank God, because He is the only one who makes those things happen.
MLB.com: There are players that play 15 years without experiencing what you did. Do you feel privileged in that sense?
Mondesi: Of course. It's a big accomplishment. Like a lot of people tell me, my dad [Raul] played a lot of years in the big leagues and never was able to be on a championship team, and I was a champion after five games. A lot of people say that's huge, but those are blessings from God. I thank God that I was able to accomplish that, and it's in the family.
MLB.com: Speaking of family, you come from a special pedigree of players, your dad of course, and your brother as well. What is it like coming from such a baseball family?
Mondesi: That's big for me. It helps me a lot in my career. It keeps helping me, but it was more at the beginning. The work I've done has always helped me too. Being the son of a big name in baseball helps a lot, because you get treated better. I have to tell the truth, the treatment is better. I thank God that I come from a good family in which we never lacked for anything. Now I have to keep moving forward.
MLB.com: In 2015 you made the jump to play in the Futures Game, but for 2016 do you have some things on your agenda to address? What do you have to do this year to continue advancing?
Mondesi: I have to improve little by little in everything. The team has talked to me about my hitting and people want to help me. I want to improve my hitting. After that I'm prepared to play baseball and help the team win.
Jeffrey Flanagan is a reporter for MLB.com.