Still at just 22 years old, Mondesi has plenty of time to tap in to his potential and become an important part of the Royals next winning core. Across 85 games and 357 plate appearances he showed what he could do at AAA in 2017. Mondesi slashed an impressive .305/.340/.539 with 13 homeruns and 21 stolen bases with the Storm Chasers. To put those numbers into perspective, the only Royal in 2017 who posted a higher OPS than Mondesi did (.879) was Eric Hosmer (.882).
So as things stand (and they could change slightly), the Royals currently have picks 18, 31, 33, 39, 58, and 93 in the first 100 draft slots. If Mike Moustakas signs with a team other than the Royals, they will likely find themselves with a seventh pick in the top 100, depending on the figures of the contract.
The 1979 MLB Draft is referred to by some as “the football draft.” A disproportionate number of picks went unsigned and pursued NFL careers, and that stung the Royals twice. A lanky high school RHP named Dan Marino was chosen in the fourth round, and a power-hitting outfielder named John Elway was picked in the 18th round. Neither signed with KC.
Moustakas could take a one-year pillow deal, though any team that signs him will lose Draft picks and international bonus pool money, a steep price for a one-year stopgap — unless, of course, he returns to Kansas City. Possible landing spot: Royals
Ryan Lefebvre, in his 20th season, will call the majority of regular season games for FSKC and Steve Physioc will provide the play-by-play on the remaining games. Rex Hudler will return for his seventh season as the analyst, and Royals Hall of Famer, Jeff Montgomery, will provide analysis throughout the season on Royals Live with host Joel Goldberg.