Signed for $300K in the 2015 international period, Mendoza was initially an outfielder but has moved to 1B as his 6-foot-2 frame thickened. He’s now quite bulky and strong, looking the part on a corner but likely lacking the mobility for much value high up on the defensive spectrum. He spent the first two summers of his pro career in the DSL, making his stateside debut in the AZL last year and slashing .314/.381/.409. Now 20-years-old, the White Sox started Mendoza back in Extended Spring Training before foreseeably moving him up to full-season ball.
There’s nice balance and rhythm in Mendoza’s left-handed swing, and he shows a very disciplined approach that draws walks and often goes deep in counts. He stays in well against same-side arms and sprays line drives to all fields. There’s reason to dream on future power because of the body type, though a grounder-heavy contact profile has limited his in-game power numbers to date. Mendoza will have to hit and hit for power to be a prospect considering his corner-only status, and taking his proximity and lack of power production into account, he’s more a FV 35+ follow with a nice stroke for now.