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Royals' World Series roster swaps Terrance Gore for Raul Mondesi Jr.

The Royals' World Series roster includes 20-year-old Raul Mondesi Jr., who has never played in a big league game

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The Kansas City Royals are set to make history with their World Series roster, as 20-year old Raul Mondesi Jr. has replaced Terrance Gore on the roster. Mondesi, who has never played a game above Double-A, would be the first player in Major League history to make his debut in a World Series game.

The loss of Gore, who only appeared in two playoff games this year—pinch running in both—means the Royals have a little less speed off their bench. But the move doesn't hurt them at the plate in the slightest, as in 28 regular and postseason games he's appeared in, Gore has a batting average of .000. He is used almost exclusively to run, and Mondesi provides a more well-rounded game off the bench.

Well, at least he does in theory—he has ever played a game above Double-A, and hasn't exactly put up gaudy numbers in the lower minors, either. It seems like he will be used in a role quite similar to what Gore's was, and so his inclusion may not be all that noteworthy, aside from the potential record-breaking nature of his debut. Mondesi has 71 steals in 93 attempts in the minors, a 76.3% success rate.

That is the only change the Royals made from their ALCS roster, which features, like their New York counterparts, 11 pitchers and 14 position players.


Johnny Cueto
Wade Davis
Danny Duffy
Kelvin Herrera
Luke Hochevar
Ryan Madson
Kris Medlen
Franklin Morales
Yordano Ventura
Edinson Volquez
Chris Young


Drew Butera
Salvador Perez


Christian Colon
Alcides Escobar
Eric Hosmer
Raul Mondesi
Kendrys Morales
Mike Moustakas
Ben Zobrist


Lorenzo Cain
Jarrod Dyson
Alex Gordon
Paulo Orlando
Alex Rios