Mondesi beat out Whit Merrifield and Christian Colon for the job at second base. The 21-year-old struggled at the plate during his 47 games with the Royals in 2016, slashing just .185/.231/.281 over 149 plate appearances, though he did flash impressive defense and swipe nine bases (on 10 attempts). His speed and defense, coupled with his impressive spring -- where he is 17-for-46 with three homers (.370/.383/.609) -- have made him a popular late-round middle infield target, one that is even more justifiable now that he is solidified as the starter.
A head cold has caused Cano and a few other Mariners to miss some time over the weekend, and although the 34-year-old isn't ready to return to the lineup yet, he's feeling well enough to make it to camp for an individual workout. It shouldn't be much longer before Cano is able to slide back into the lineup.
The 21-year-old had only one stolen base in his first 18 Cactus League games, but he flashed the kind of speed Sunday that has made him a popular late-round middle infield target. Mondesi went 9-for-10 on the basepaths and provided stellar defense in 47 games with the big club last season, but batted just .185/.231/.281 over 149 plate appearances. He's gone 17-for-46 with three homers and a 1:12 BB:K so far this spring (.370/.383/.609) and looks poised to break camp as the starter at second base.
Solano appeared in nine games with the big club a season ago, going 5-of-22 (.227 average) at the dish. With the Yankees relatively healthy in the infield as the regular season approaches, Solano never had a realistic shot at winning an Opening Day roster spot, but as injuries mount over the course of the campaign, he could be called upon if more depth is needed up the middle. Look for Solano to report to Triple-A Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
There are two things to take away from Rutledge playing first base. First, it's a sign that Hanley Ramirez's shoulder woes continue to prevent him from playing the field, and it grows increasingly unlikely he'll play first base before the Grapefruit League ends Wednesday. Secondly, Rutledge is looking like he'll stick on the roster as Pablo Sandoval's backup at third base. He can serve as the right-handed complement to Sandoval while possibly playing the same role to Mitch Moreland at first base.
Gonzalez hit .371 (13-for-35) and made a strong impression in spring training. He could be called up early in the season if the Twins need a utility infielder.
It was only a couple of weeks ago that Travis was expected to start the campaign on the DL, so his potential availability on Opening Day is a major development. "He cleared a big hurdle," Jays manager John Gibbons said on Sunday morning. "I was impressed watching him. He has played a couple of games in a row now and he's played a couple of games in the field. There's nothing definite yet, but it certainly looks like [he'll be ready]." Gibbons may not have fully committed to the plan, but it's unlikely the 26-year-old will miss Opening Day unless he suffers an unexpected setback in the coming days. Travis, a career .301 hitter with a .342 on-base percentage, will be the team's leadoff hitter in 2017.
Saladino has had an impressive spring with a 1.122 OPS in 44 at-bats, but his status as the starter at second base may not last long. Moncada is Chicago's top prospect and could be recalled early in the season.
The veteran second baseman needs the at-bats down the stretch, but he also just got back from playing in the World Baseball Classic, so being ill for a few days shouldn't set him back much.
Gonzalez is in the hunt for the starting third base job with Jose Ramirez expected to slide over to second base with Jason Kipnis (shoulder) on the shelf. He will be battling Giovanny Urshela, Yandy Diaz and Richie Shaffer for the gig.