Enrique Rojas of ESPN Deportes reports that the Royals have signed Raul Mondesi’s son, 16-year-old shortstop Adalberto Mondesi, for a $2 million bonus.
Today is his 16th birthday and thus the first day Adalberto Mondesi was eligible to sign. He’s expected to begin his pro career in the Dominican Summer League next season after catching the Royals’ eye while playing at an academy in the Dominican Republic.
Rojas quoted a scout who describes Adalberto Mondesi as a switch-hitter with plus speed and defense, projecting him to become a solid regular in the majors eventually despite a lack of power.
Ben Badler of Baseball America calls him a better prospect than older brother Raul Mondesi Jr., who signed with the Brewers last year for $800,000.
Their father signed with the Dodgers as a teenager and played 13 seasons in the majors, winning the Rookie of the Year award in 1994 and hitting .273 with 271 homers and an .815 OPS in 1,525 games for seven different teams. Raul Mondesi earned nearly $70 million as a player and is now the mayor of his home town, San Cristobal.
The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.
The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.
This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.
Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.