SURPRISE, Ariz.- Going into this season, the Royals have a bit of a competition at the second base position. Whit Merrifield took Omar Infante’s spot at second last season, but Merrifield does not have that spot fully claimed yet.
Merrifield hit a respectable .283 last season, adding 22 doubles on to his resumé. However, 21-year-old Raul Mondesi is not far away from his spot.
Mondesi made his major league debut during the 2015 World Series, which the Royals won. He became the first player since Bug Holliday in 1885 to make his MLB debut during the World Series. Although Mondesi served a 50-game suspension last season for violating the MLB’s drug policy, he was called up to the Royals in August last season. Although he may not be completely MLB ready, he could easily be the Royals’ future second baseman if Merrifield doesn’t have a hot year.
Also, there is Christian Colon, a former starter and key player on the Royals’ World Championship team, driving in the Series-clinching run. Colon went into a big slump last season, and the Royals sent him down to AAA. If he picks it back up, there is no reason that he isn’t a serious candidate for the starting second base job.
The competition for this spot begins in the first game on Feb. 25 at 1:05 p.m. against the Texas Rangers.