This year’s World Series is a first as two expansion teams will be facing off for the first time ever, but another first could happen as the Kansas City Royals will carry their top prospect in Raul Mondesi on their World Series roster.
Mondesi will be taking the place of outfielder Terrance Gore, who is one of the fastest players in baseball and was a part of the Royals’ World Series run a year ago as well as this year, until now.
If Mondesi, 20, plays in a World Series game, he will be the first player in Major League history to make his Major League debut in the Fall Classic. While splitting time between shortstop and second base in Double-A Arkansas, Mondesi Jr. .243/.279/.372 with six home runs, 33 RBI, and 19 stolen bases over 81 games.
Mondesi is the son of Raul Mondesi, who played in 1,525 games in a 13-year MLB career but never appeared in a World Series game. Meanwhile, his 20-year-old son might experience his first MLB game on the biggest stage of them all. Although the younger Mondesi’s Twitter handle is @raulmondesijr, he is not technically a “Junior.” His full name is Raul Adalberto Mondesi; his older brother is Raul Ramon Mondesi Jr.
In terms of a role for Mondesi in this series, he is a switch hitter and could be a viable pinch hitter in games three, four, and five when the Royals and manager Ned Yost will have to delve deep into their bench while playing in a National League ballpark.
Mondesi was eligible for the postseason roster because he was in the Kansas City organization before August 31. The Royals designated Joba Chamberlain for assignment in order to add Mondesi to the 40-man roster.
Another interesting dilemma could come into play if second baseman Ben Zobrist goes on paternity leave. His wife Julianna is currently pregnant.
Mondesi will wear uniform number 27.