Mondesi among honorees on Futures Night

Mondesi among honorees on Futures Night

Mondesi among honorees on Futures Night

KANSAS CITY -- Adalberto "Raul" Mondesi grew up around baseball so it's no surprise he's already the Royals' No. 4 prospect, according to, at 18 years old.

His father, Raul, was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 1994 for the Dodgers and two Gold Glove Awards in his 12-year career.

"He always helped me, he played his game and gave me good tips," Mondesi said of his father. "That helped a lot."

After batting .261 with seven homers, 47 RBIs and 24 stolen bases, the switch-hitting shortstop was named the Class A Lexington Player of the Year.

"I feel good," Mondesi said. "I had a great year, but I can do better."

Mondesi and the Royals organization's other Pitcher and Player of the Year honorees were recognized in a Futures Night ceremony before the game against Texas on Friday night.

The Pitcher and Player of the Year recipients from each team are as follows:

Left-hander Chris Dwyer and infielder Christian Colon from Triple-A Omaha:

Right-hander Aaron Brooks and first baseman Matt fields from Double-A Northwest Arkansas:

Left-hander Sam Selman and outfielder Lane Adams from Class A Advanced Wilmington:

Right-hander Christian Binford and Mondesi from Class A Lexington:

Left-hander Patrick Conroy and third baseman Hunter Dozier from rookie classification Idaho Falls:

Right-hander Luis Santos and third baseman Mauricio Ramos from rookie classification Burlington:

Right-hander Pedro Fernandez and first baseman/outfielder Samir Duenez from rookie Surprise:

Right-hander Yunior Marte and infielder Angelo Castellano from the Dominican Royals.

Dick Kaegel is a reporter for Kathleen Gier is an associate reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.