Full name is Raúl Adalberto Mondesi...resides in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic ... Son of 1994 National League Rookie of the Year, Raul Mondesi, who played in 13 Major League seasons with the Dodgers (1993-99), Toronto (2000-02), the Yankees (2002-03), Arizona (2003), Pittsburgh (2004), the Angels (2004) and Atlanta (2005) ... Older brother, Raul Jr., played in the Milwaukee Brewers' and Tampa Bay Rays' organizations…younger brother, Paul, is a catcher in the Royals' minor league system.
Made the Opening Day roster for the second time (also 2017) and set career highs in games (102), runs (58), hits (109), doubles (20), triples (10), RBI (62) and stolen bases (43) ... His 10 triples in just 102 games matched teammates Hunter Dozier and Whit Merrifield, and Arizona's Eduardo Escobar for the Major League lead…became the first American League player to record as many as 10 triples in 102 games or fewer since Glenn McQuillen (12 triples in 100 games) of the 1942 St. Louis Browns ... His 43 stolen bases in 102 games ranked second in the Majors, trailing only Mallex Smith (46 steals in 134 games) ... His combination of 10 triples and 43 stolen bases has not been matched by an American League player since Carl Crawford (13 triples, 47 steals) in 2010…became the first American League shortstop with that combination of triples and steals since the Royals' Freddie Patek (11 triples, 49 steals) in 1971 ... Became the first American League shortstop ever to record at least 10 triples, 40 stolen bases and 60 RBI in a season ... Missed 11 games on the IL from June 20-July 1 with right groin discomfort…also missed 41 games on the IL from July 17-Aug. 30 with a left shoulder subluxation…reinstated on Sept. 1, but aggravated the shoulder injury on Sept. 22, and did not play in the team's final five games ... In his first game back from his second IL stint on Sept. 1, he matched career highs with four hits and three steals, becoming the second Royal with multiple career games of four hits and three steals (also Aug. 14, 2018 vs. Toronto), joining Amos Otis…Mondesi is the only active player in the Majors with two such games, and he owns the last two such games in the Majors ... In 71 games prior to his first stint in the IL, his 27 steals led the Majors, nine more than Mallex Smith…prior to his second stint on the IL, his 31 steals were five more than Smith for most in the Majors ... His 28 steals before the All-Star break were most by a Royal since Tom Goodwin had 32 steals before the break in 1997 ... Despite playing in only 102 games, he had 10 multi-steal efforts, two more than Mallex Smith for most in the Majors ... Had two triples on Opening Day vs. the White Sox, becoming the ninth player since 1908 to record two triples on Opening Day, joining Justin Maxwell (2013), Tony Pena Jr. (2007 with Kansas City), Tommy Henrich (1950), Arky Vaughan (1941), Bubbles Hargrave (1924), Tillie Walker (1917), Jimmy Sheckard (1912) and Frank Schulte (1910) ... Became the first American League shortstop to record at least one RBI in each of his team's first four games since Seattle's Rich Aurilia turned the trick in 2004…prior to that, it hadn't been done since 1950 ... Hit his first career inside-the-park home run on April 2 vs. Minnesota to break a 3-3 tie in the eighth inning and snap Taylor Rogers' scoreless-innings streak at 28.1, which was the longest active run in the Majors at the time ... Five of his nine home runs gave Kansas City a lead, including his go-ahead two-run shot on Sept. 11 in Chicago, his second homer in as many games ... In 56 games through the end of May, he hit .288 (65-for-226) with a .487 slugging percentage (26 extra-base hits), 42 RBI and 20 stolen bases…in 46 games from June 1 through season's end, he hit .233 (44-for-189) with a .349 slugging percentage (13 extra-base hits), 20 RBI and 23 stolen bases ... Matched a career high with four RBI on April 24 at Tampa Bay, including a three-run home run ... Hit a combined .319 (55-for-172) in the first, second and third innings, but hit just .222 (54-for-243) from the fourth inning on.
Became the first player in Major League history to record at least 14 HR and 32 SB in 75 games or fewer...In the last 45 years (since 1974), his combination of HR (14) and SB (32) is matched by only six others in their age-22 season or younger, including: Mike Trout (2012-13), Hanley Ramírez (2006), Jimmy Rollins (2001), Alex Rodriguez (1998), Sammy Sosa (1990) & Barry Bonds (1986-87)...Started the season on the DL due to right shoulder impingement syndrome…made his season debut on April 30 with Omaha (AAA), where he hit .250/.295/.492 (30-for-120) with 16 extra-base hits, 21 RBI and 10 stolen bases in 29 games...Recalled on June 17 and spent the rest of the season with Kansas City...Named Joe Burke Special Achievement Award winner by the Kansas City chapter of the BBWAA...Hit just .143 (3-for-21) in his first seven games, but hit .287/.316/.524 (73-for-254) in 68 games after that...His 14 HR were third most on the team-despite not making his debut until June 17-trailing only Salvador Perez (27) and Mike Moustakas (20)...Started at shortstop on June 22 at Houston, becoming the first Royal other than Alcides Escobar to start at the position since Sept. 25, 2015 (Christian Colón), snapping Escobar's streak of 407 consecutive starts at shortstop...Had a career high four RBI on July 10 at Minnesota, including a three-run HR, becoming the first Royals shortstop other than Alcides Escobar to HR since Yuniesky Betancourt on June 6, 2012...Of his 14 HR, 13 came as a shortstop, fourth most in club history behind: Jay Bell (21 in 1997), Angel Berroa (17 in 2003) and Yuniesky Betancourt (16 in 2010)... The Royals went 29-29 (.500) in his 58 starts at shortstop, and 29-75 (.279) in all other games...Ranked fourth in the American League with 32 stolen bases, despite not making his season debut until June 17 (75 games)…he's one of three AL players since 1900 to record at least 32 SB in 75 games or fewer, joining: Alex Cole (40 in 1990) and Coco Crisp (32 in 2010)...Was successful on 32 of his 39 stolen bases attempts (82.1%)…only three players had a better rate and more attempts: Jonathan Villar (35-for-40, 87.5%), José Ramírez (34-for-40, 85.0%) and Trea Turner (43-for52, 82.7%)...Had 27 steals after the All-Star break, one behind teammate Whit Merrifield for the Majors lead ...On Aug. 14 vs. Toronto, he had a career-high four hits and a career-high three steals, becoming the fifth Royal (6th time) with a four-hit, three steal game, joining: Jose Offerman (Sept. 17, 1998), Amos Otis (Sept. 8, 1978 and Sept. 7, 1971), Freddie Patek (June 9, 1971) and Pat Kelly (May 30, 1969, Game 2)...At 23 years, 18 days old, he was the sixth-youngest player since at least 1908 with a four-hit, three-steal game, trailing: Jose Reyes (22.069 on Aug. 19, 2005), Gerald Young (22.327 on Sept. 14, 1987), Tim Raines (21.217 on April 21, 1981), Luis Aparicio (22.146 on Sept. 22, 1956) and Howard Freigau (21.308 on June 4, 1924)…Raines was the only other to do it with two extra-base hits...Over his last 30 games (since Aug. 25), he hit .312/.351/.624 (39-for-125) with 25 runs, 17 extra-base hits (10 HR), 22 RBI and 16 SB…during that time, he ranked among the American League leaders in: HR (tied for 2nd), stolen bases (tied for 2nd), runs (tied for 4th), hits (tied for 4th) and extra-base hits (tied for 6th)...Named Royals Player of the Month for September, batting .282/.322/.564 (31-for-110) with 20 runs, eight HR, 17 RBI and 14 stolen bases in 26 games…his combination of eight HR and 14 SB have been matched in a calendar month by only two others since 1913: Carlos Beltrán (10 HR, 16 SB) in August 2004 and Joe Morgan (8 HR, 15 SB) in August 1976...His eight HR in September were most by a Royals shortstop in any calendar month... Recorded a HR and SB in the same game six times, five of which came in September…the Major League leader for the entire season was Mike Trout, who had seven such games…six such games is third most in Royals history, trailing Carlos Beltrán (9 in 2003, 7 in 2001)...Hit .270/.303/.486 (50-for-185) as a left-handed batter and .289/.312/.522 (26-for-90) as a right-handed batter...In 39 games vs. American League Central teams, he hit .309/.350/.577 (46-for-149), including 11 of his 14 HR.
Made his first Opening Day roster, but spent a majority of the season with Omaha (AAA) after being optioned on April 21…over three stints with the Royals, batted .170 (9-for-53) with a double, a homer, three RBI and five steals ... Opened the year as the starting second baseman, but hit .109 (4-for-39) over his first 14 games…returned to the big leagues on Sept. 1 and went 5-for-11 (.455) ... Hit his lone home run on April 12, a solo shot off Oakland's Frankie Montas in the ninth inning…all three of his career roundtrippers are solo shots ... Matched a career high with two steals on April 7 at Houston… collected all five of his thefts during his first 12 games of the season ... Fanned 22 times in just 53 at-bats (41.5 percent) at the Major League level ... In 85 games with the Storm Chasers, batted .305 (98-for-321) with 20 doubles, eight triples, 13 homers, 52 RBI and 52 runs scored…tied for 10th in the Pacific Coast League in triples and ranked eighth in steals (21) ... Selected to the PCL All-Star team, batting .316/.346/.544 (75-for-237) before the break…also hit .350 (48-for-137) with a .642 slugging percentage (12 doubles, five triples, six homers) at Omaha's Werner Park ... Had an 18-game hitting streak at Omaha (May 7-June 1), batting .397 (29-for-73) with 13 extra-base hits and 15 RBI.
Made his regular season debut on July 26 and played in 47 games over the final 10 weeks of the year…made 40 starts at second base and also played in seven games at shortstop...Played in 52 games in the minor leagues between Omaha (AAA), Northwest Arkansas (AA) and Wilmington (A)…served a 50-game suspension (May 10-July 4) for violating MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program...Among AL rookies, ranked fourth in stolen bases (nine), tied for sixth in triples (three)…also tied for eighth among all AL players in sacrifices (six) and tied for ninth in bunt hits (five)...Recorded his first Major League hit on his 21st birthday (July 27), a bunt single off Angels' pitcher Matt Shoemaker…became the first Royal to record his first hit on his birthday…also collected his first RBI later in the game...Hit his first Major League home run, a solo shot off Justin Verlander, on August 16 in Detroit…at 21 years, 20 days old, he became the fifth-youngest Royal to hit his first career home run…second home run also came in Detroit (September 25), the second of back-to-back shots off Anibal Sanchez...Recorded a go-ahead bases-clearing triple at Fenway Park on August 28…also had multiple RBI (two) on September 25 at Detroit...Went 17-for-18 in stolen base attempts at Northwest Arkansas and 24-for-25 (96.0%) across three levels in the minor leagues...Entered the season as the top prospect in the Royals' organization according to Ba
Spent the entire regular season at Northwest Arkansas (AA)...tied for ninth in the Texas League with 19 stolen bases in 25 attempts...also tied for fifth in the league with five triples…Participated in the MLB All-Star Futures Game in Cincinnati, going 1-for-2 for the World Team…Placed on the seven-day disabled list on April 12 with a lower back strain...reinstated on May 15…Batted .309 (29-for-94) with five doubles, three triples and a homer during the month of August...also tallied 10 steals in the final full month of the regular season.
In 2014, led the Carolina League (A) in triples (12), which also tied for seventh among all minor league players ... Named a 'Rising Star' in the Arizona Fall League following the 2014 season…hit .233 with six doubles and five steals for the Peoria Javelinas.
Selected as Lexington (A) Player of the Year in 2013 as well as a South Atlantic League All-Star…tied for eighth in the league in triples (7) and tied for 15th in steals (24)…also ranked fifth in at-bats (482), while appearing in a career-high 125 games.