Adalberto Mondesi, Bettering the Odds Reviewed by Momizat on . Do you know what Adalberto Mondesi did this season?  He became just the third 16-year-old at the start of the season to qualify in the Pioneer league batting c Do you know what Adalberto Mondesi did this season?  He became just the third 16-year-old at the start of the season to qualify in the Pioneer league batting c Rating: 0
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Adalberto Mondesi, Bettering the Odds

Adalberto Mondesi, Bettering the Odds

Do you know what Adalberto Mondesi did this season?  He became just the third 16-year-old at the start of the season to qualify in the Pioneer league batting charts (Jose Gonzalez 1982, Yorman Rodriguez 2009) in the last 30 years.  On top of that he was just the 17th to put up a .700 or higher OPS at 17 years of age or younger.  The son of Raul Mondesi is the youngest by four months over Willy Aybar and just the third player who played SS while doing it (Gary Sheffield, Joel Guzman).

These numbers are rather arbitrary end points in a league that features just a few major league teams but it is still rather impressive. Of those previous seventeen players nine have appeared in the majors so if nothing else he may have increased his chances at appearing in a major league game.

1982 – Jose Gonzalez OF Dodgers Birthday Nov. 23, ’64 – .301/.348/.435  14-2b, 1-3b, 4-HR 461 MLB Games
1983 – Bert Flores OF Dodgers BDay July 19, ’65  – .268/.395/.327 12-2b, 0 triples and home runs
1984 – Brian Morrison OF Blue Jays Bday Aug 26, ’66 – .267/.344/.397 8-2b, 2-3b, 6 HR
1986 – Gary Sheffield Brewers SS Bday Nov 24, ’68 – .365/.413/.640 12-2b, 2-3b, 15 HR 2576 MLB Games
1986 – Dave Hanson Dodgers OF Bday Nov 18, ’68 – .299/.381/.377 7-2b, 3-3b, HR 1230 MLB Games
1987 – Oreste Marrera Brewers  1b Bday Oct 31 ’69  – .325/.399/.539 8-2b, 2-3b, 7 HR 42 MLB Games
1987 - Dave Nilsson Brewers  C/1b Bday Dec 14 ’69 – .394/.453/.479 13-2b, 1 HR 837 MLB Games
1987 – Vilato Marrero Brewers  3b Bday Oct 31 ’69 – .288/.328/.451 14-2b, 3-3b, 6 HR
1990 – Hector Ortega Expos OF Bday Aug 31, ’72  .283/.342/.361 6-2b, 5-3b, HR
1992 – Roger Cedeno Dodgers OF Bday Aug 16 ’74  .316/.431/.402 6-2b, 5-3b, 2 HR 1100 MLB Games
1995 – Andy Burress Reds OF Bday July 18 ’77  .262/.319/.447 9-2b, 2-3b, 2 HR
1997 – Tom Warren Brewers OF Bday Nov 1, ’79 .278/.407/.309 3 – 2b
2000 – Willy Aybar Dodgers 3b Bday Mar 9, ’83 .263/.349/.372 15-2b, 3b, 4 HR 405 MLB Games
2001 – Lino Garcia DBacks OF Bday Oct 12, ’83 .243/.333/.400 6-2b, 2-3b, 4 HR
2002 – Joel Guzman Dodgers SS Bday Nov 24, ’84  .252/.331/.391 8-2b, 2-3b, 3 HR 24 MLB Games
2003 – Carlos Gonzalez DBacks OF Bday Oct 17, 85  .258/.308/.404 14-2b, 4-3b, 6 HR 581 MLB Games
2010 – Yorman Rodriguez Reds OF Bday Aug 15, ’92   .339/.391/.456 8-2b, 3-3b, 2 HR
2012 – Adalberto Mondesi Royals SS Bday July 27, ’95 .290/.346/.386 7-2b, 2-3b, 3 HR

One other quick note, there is no question of Adalberto’s true age as many in the game have watched him grow up.  That may not be the case for some of these other foreign born players in the past.

About The Author

I grew up on the mean gravel roads of Iowa where I started my love for baseball from the age of 2. George Brett and the voice of Denny Matthews deepened my love even more for the Royals as my father and I spent summers listening to the team on our deck or in the car on our way to or from my little league and high school games. Sports was always the common bond that my father and I enjoyed and the Royals were in the center of that.I currently live in La Vista with my wife, two sons, two dogs and a pair of gross cats where we are grinding through until we can move somewhere warm when we retire. I own Casino Cab Company and Bluffs Affordable Auto Repair in Council Bluffs trying to build my 1% empire. If you are in the area you can find me at Omaha Storm Chasers games on most nights or just follow me on twitter @ClintScoles.

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