The Kansas City Royals announced today that they have recalled infielder Raul Mondesi from Omaha (AAA). The switch-hitter will be in uniform (#27) for tonight's game against the Los Angeles Angels. In a corresponding move, the Royals have optioned infielder/outfielder Whit Merrifield to Omaha. Mondesi entered this year ranked as the top prospect in the Royals' organization by Baseball America.
Mondesi, who is a day shy of his 21st birthday, made his Major League debut in Game #3 of the World Series last season, pinch-hitting in the fifth inning, the first player in history to debut in the Fall Classic. He's played in 14 games with the Storm Chasers in 2016, batting .304 with two doubles, four triples, a homer, nine runs scored and five stolen bases since being promoted from Northwest Arkansas (AA) on July 8.
He opened the year in Northwest Arkansas but his season was interrupted on May 10 when he was suspended for 50 games by Major League Baseball after testing positive for a banned substance. He had a nine-game rehab assignment with Wilmington (Advanced-A) that began on June 25, then returned to Northwest Arkansas for a four-game stretch before his promotion to Omaha.
The club also announced that outfielder Lorenzo Cain will begin a rehab assignment with the Storm Chasers tomorrow as the club will begin a four-game series in Round Rock (Texas) tonight.