The Kansas City Royals have promoted top prospect Raul Mondesi ahead of game 1 of the World Series, according to a club announcement.
Mondesi has been added to the club's world series roster and will be available for tonight's game. In order to clear a 40-man roster spot, RHP Joba Chamberlain has been designated for assignment.
According to ESPN Stats and Information, Mondesi could become the first ever to make his MLB debut amidst World Series action. Mondesi will not pick up service time for his short stay with the big-league club and will likely return to the minors in 2016 with Northwest Arkansas, Double-A affiliate of the Royals.
As reported by ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, Mondesi is replacing outfielder Terrance Gore on the club's roster who made two appearances as a pinch runner in the American League playoffs and stole a base in the Division Series against the Houston Astros.
Prior to the season, Mondesi was ranked as the 38th best prospect in the game by ESPN's Keith Law. As Raul gets his first look at postseason play, he gets to take in everything that comes with the joy of it in which his father never achieved during his 13 season career with the Toronto Blue Jays, Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees as well as 4 other club's.
Mondesi signed with the Royals as an international free agent, getting the opportunity to see his first action in Rookie ball back in 2012 when he was just 16 years old. Over the course of this past season, he managed to put up a .243 batting average alongside 19 stolen bases at the Double-A level.
It is said that Raul, 20, will likely be used mostly for running and defense in his high-leverage debut series. The switch-hitting middle infielder can provide more than just the bat as he will have the chance to show off his talents while providing another infield glove.
Tonight's game get's going at 8:07pm EST on FOX at Kauffman Stadium with RHP's Edinson Volquez and Matt Harvey going head to head as they quickly look to bring their individual teams within 1 game to start off the best of a 7 game set.