It was announced today that Royals prospects Raul Mondesi and Cheslor Cuthbert have been chosen to represent the Royals in the Futures Game during the All-Star break on July 12th.
Mondesi has been a hot prospect in the Royals minor league system since 2012 when he began playing for the organization at the very young age of 16. At only 19 years of age, he is currently hitting .270/.289/.426 at AA Northwest Arkansas and was rated as the 28th best prospect in baseball before the 2015 season by Baseball America.
The slick fielding shortstop has managed to progress a step in the organization every year despite being one of the youngest in each. He is currently 5.3 years younger than the average player in AA.
Scouts have often raved over the potential Mondesi possess and the organization is hoping he continues to stay ahead of schedule. As he grows older and stronger, he is beginning to unlock some of the power potential many have foreseen. So far this season in 32 games, he has four home runs, four doubles and a triple. His strikeout rate remains high, but all signs are pointing to a solid player for Kansas City in the future.
Mondesi, the son of one-time All-Star Raul Mondesi, is now playing second base twice a week to increase his versatility as he gets closer to the Major Leagues.
Cuthbert began playing in the organization at a very young age as well. In 2010, he made his debut in rookie ball at the age of 17. He was rated as the 84th best prospect in baseball before the 2012 season, but had slid down the prospect tree due to mediocre offense and defense. The Royals have been patient with Cuthbert and now playing his sixth season with the organization finds himself once again as a legitimate prospect.
Having made it to AAA Omaha, he has a line of .268/.333/.413 for the season with eight home runs, 13 doubles and 32 RBI’s in 68 games played (50 at third base and 18 at first base). He only has five errors on the season (all at third). This is a sizeable improvement on the defensive woes that have plagued him in the past. Still being only 22 years old, he remains younger than some of the other options such as 2013 Royals first round pick Hunter Dozier (23).
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