Adalberto Mondesi projected as KC Royals’ breakout player for 2020

Adalberto Mondesi #27 of the Kansas City Royals (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)
Adalberto Mondesi #27 of the Kansas City Royals (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images) /

We’ll finally get to see KC Royals baseball in the next month and Adalberto Mondesi could be the team’s breakout star in 2020.

Even though a strong case could be made that Adalberto Mondesi broke out in 2019, he’s still the player who Jacob Shafer of Bleacher Report pegged as the Kansas City Royalsbreakout player for the 2020 season. Shafer does mention that in his writeup, noting that Mondesi battled injuries and that limited what he could do last season.

The 2020 will be a huge season for Mondesi because he’s now recovered from his shoulder injury last year. Had the 2020 season gone as planned, there’s a good chance that Mondesi wouldn’t have been able to play for the first month of the season due to still recovering from surgery.

Now, however, Mondesi will be ready to go on Opening Day in late July and that’s huge for this team.

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If the KC Royals want any shot of contending in 2020, they’ll have to come out of the gates red hot. Adalberto Mondesi will be key in that happening.

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While Whit Merrifield and Salvador Perez are the two big names on the team, Mondesi is the budding star. He’ll be looking to prove himself at the highest possible level this year (and the next two as well) due to the team spending the second overall pick on Bobby Witt Jr. in the 2019 MLB Draft.

Witt is only 20 years old and needs more time to develop in the minor leagues, but once he’s ready to make his MLB debut, Mondesi might be old news. He could be moved to second base or a new position all together, but shortstop will likely be Witt’s job to lose.

Mondesi had a strong 2019 campaign, slashing .263/.291/.424 with nine home runs, 62 RBI, and ten triples while swiping 43 bags. He did this in 443 plate appearances and was looking tremendous until that injury took him out in September.

Mondesi has battled injuries throughout his career, but when he’s healthy, he’s huge for this team, both offensively and defensively. If Mondesi is able to build on what he did in 2019 in a shortened season, there’s a case to be made that the Kansas City Royals could be a scrappy team who puts up a good fight.

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Hopefully Adalberto Mondesi can stay healthy in 2020 because otherwise it’ll be tough for him to really build on those 2019 numbers in a 60-game season. If he can stay injury-free, then Mondesi will definitely be one of the Royals’ biggest stars in 2020.