Drew Mendoza comes from Lake Mineola High School in Florida and is committed to Florida State, the same school as Josh Lowe. Mendoza, born October 10, 1997 stands at six-foot-four and weighs 195 pounds, and he has room to grow into that frame. Mendoza is a player will more than likely be there at pick number 22, but not 41, as he looks to go mid-20s.
Mendoza features a left handed swing, and with his quick hands, he will become a solid everyday player that just rakes. In the box, Mendoza stands open with a somewhat wide stance and long stride. He has doubles power that projects to develop into home run power. He currently plays short, but his frame will cause him to move over to third. He’s a solid athlete, and with his plus arm and good enough hands, Mendoza should become at least an average defender.
The only concern over Mendoza would be his wrist injury in the fall of 2015, but he looks to be fine now. With his quick bat and doubles power, which should translate into putting the ball over the fence, Matt Carpenter sticks out as a comparison. If the Pittsburgh Pirates want Mendoza, it’ll be at 22, because he won’t fall to 41.
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