KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The arc of the Kansas City Royals last season tracked closely to that of Adalberto Mondesi, one of their most touted prospects in years and quite possibly the future of the organization.
After shuttling back and forth between the Royals and the minors the previous two seasons, the talented shortstop failed to make the club out of spring training. Once he arrived midway through the year, he went through another month of brutal growing pains.
Then something suddenly clicked, and Mondesi went on a tear the final three months of the season, becoming one of the hottest players in the American League.