Might even be taller than listed height; noticeable added 10-15 lbs but room for much more growth; broad shoulders; plus-plus athlete; long way away from maturity.
4/8/2014 - 4/14/2014
Wilmington Blue Rocks (High A, Royals)
Very rich demeanor; always helping teammates and working with coaches; controls emotions well on field and is commander on the field.
First division regular
Left side; hands drift in load; plus-plus bat speed; natural bat-to-ball skills; swing has slight natural lift through hitting zone; will use the opposite field and loves going to left-center; often makes loud contact; can get tied up inside at times. Right side; hands more quiet; plus-plus bat speed; swing is more linear with less lift; still learning to use the right side; presently makes more weak contact than hard from this side. From both sides of the plate, shows an advanced approach; comes up with a plan and will adjust to the situation; plate discipline and idea of strike zone is plus; identifies spin early and tracks ball deep into the hitting zone; can barrel quality spin and velocity.
Present gap-to-gap pop; shows ability to backspin the ball in BP; presently more 2B power from bat speed and lift with HR power coming with added strength; gets great post contact extension with balls on outer half.
Gets out of the box quick and accelerates; long graceful strides; has a serious 2nd gear; 3.88, 3.94 on jailbreak bunts from both sides; 4.0 range on ground ball from right side; instinctive base runner; makes good reads on balls in play; added weight has helped; will stay athletic as he grows.
Silky smooth actions; soft hands; great reactions off the bat with quick first step; range is plus-plus; can make backhand pick in the hole; plus instincts on the field; lightening quick transfer from glove to hand; collects himself well when throwing on the run; presently a 60 but with reps could even get better.
Strong, accurate throws; made deep throw in the hole to 1B; fast arm with clean arm action; added strength has helped.
There's big risk here because Mondesi is still a very young player with a long way to go with the bat. He shows great promise at the plate with how dynamic he can be and could develop into a star. His defensive profile is much more advanced than his offensive profile but what he can do at the plate will be more than enough for a premium defensive position. There is a present gap between the top-flight SS prospects and Mondesi but don't be surprised if he enters that conversation.