Padres’ Tatis, Royals’ Mondesi on parallel paths to stardom

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March 7, 2019 - 11:06 AM

Kansas City Royals Adalberto Mondesi on Feb. 18 in Surprise, Ariz. John Sleezer/The Kansas City Star/TNS

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — San Diego Padres prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. and Kansas City Royals counterpart Adalberto Mondesi have never met, even though their life stories suggest a cup of coffee is long overdue.

They would certainly have a lot to talk about.

Each of their clubs is counting on their dynamic young shortstop to form the cornerstone of a rebuild that could push them back to the postseason. Both have roots in the Dominican Republic, have fathers that played in the big leagues, and both possess the kind of five-tool stardom at one of the game’s premier position that leaves scouts and front-office executives in a tizzy.

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