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Yohander Mendez

Yohander Mendez

P | B/T: L/L | 6' 5" 200 | Age: 24
Valencia, Venezuela
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2018 2 2 5.53 8 5 0 27.2 18 1.55
3 Seasons 2 3 6.28 17 5 0 43.0 25 1.53
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2018 8 2-2 5.53 27.2 18 1.55
3 Seasons 17 2-3 6.28 43.0 25 1.53

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2016 TEX AL 17 0 0 18.00 2 0 0 3.0 5 6 6 0 2 0 2.33
2017 TEX AL 52 0 1 5.11 7 0 0 12.1 13 9 7 3 3 7 1.30
2018 TEX AL 121 2 2 5.53 8 5 0 27.2 28 18 17 4 15 18 1.55
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 50 | Curveball: 45 | Slider: 45 | Changeup: 60 | Control: 50 | Overall: 40

Mendez strained his elbow shortly after signing for $1.5 million out of Venezeula in 2011, leading the Rangers to handle him with extreme caution, but he jumped from high Class A to Texas in 2016 once they turned him loose. He has been unable to build on that success, going 4-12 with a 4.86 ERA between four levels last year and winding up back in high Class A at midseason to regroup. His 2019 season was put on hold when he was diagnosed with a sprained ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow during Spring Training, though he won't need Tommy John surgery.

Mendez still possesses a deceptive changeup that fades and sinks and can be a well above-average pitch at times. The problem is that the rest of his repertoire is fringy to average and it's not always easy for him to set up his changeup. He has a 90-93 mph fastball that tops out at 95 with some sink and has yet to find a reliable breaking ball while trying both a curveball and slider.

Though he throws strikes, Mendez has little margin for error with his repertoire and was hit harder than ever in 2017 and 2018. He has looked tentative in his big league stints, falling behind in counts and getting punished when hitters know he has to come over the plate. Once considered a safe bet to become a No. 3 starter, he now looks like a back-of-the-rotation option at best.


Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2016 73 15 0 0.0 87.4 21.0 .267 .391 .382 .327 .279 26.7 0.0 11.8
2017 191 41 2 4.9 86.8 15.7 .291 .551 .364 .381 .415 39.0 13.5 5.8
2018 492 88 5 5.7 88.0 17.5 .221 .366 .345 .304 .301 28.4 14.9 12.4
ALL 756 144 7 4.9 87.6 17.4 .245 .421 .354 .327 .331 31.3 13.2 10.5
MLB 37102 6.3 87.5 11.1 .251 .409 .318 .318 .370 34.4 21.5 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
04/01/2019 Texas Rangers transferred LHP Yohander Mendez from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list. Strained right elbow.
03/28/2019 Texas Rangers placed LHP Yohander Mendez on the 10-day injured list. Right UCL sprain.
11/05/2018 LHP Yohander Mendez assigned to Navegantes del Magallanes.
09/02/2018 Texas Rangers recalled LHP Yohander Mendez from Round Rock Express.
08/22/2018 LHP Yohander Mendez assigned to Round Rock Express from Frisco RoughRiders.
07/16/2018 LHP Yohander Mendez assigned to Frisco RoughRiders from Down East Wood Ducks.
06/25/2018 LHP Yohander Mendez assigned to Down East Wood Ducks from Round Rock Express.
06/19/2018 Texas Rangers optioned LHP Yohander Mendez to Round Rock Express.
06/15/2018 Texas Rangers recalled Yohander Mendez from Round Rock Express.
05/13/2018 Texas Rangers optioned LHP Yohander Mendez to Round Rock Express.
05/03/2018 Texas Rangers recalled Yohander Mendez from Round Rock Express.
03/18/2018 Texas Rangers optioned LHP Yohander Mendez to Round Rock Express.
09/04/2017 Texas Rangers recalled Yohander Mendez from Frisco RoughRiders.
08/11/2017 Frisco RoughRiders activated LHP Yohander Mendez from the 7-day disabled list.
08/03/2017 Frisco RoughRiders placed LHP Yohander Mendez on the 7-day disabled list retroactive to July 29, 2017.
03/28/2017 LHP Yohander Mendez assigned to Frisco RoughRiders from Round Rock Express.
03/07/2017 Texas Rangers optioned LHP Yohander Mendez to Round Rock Express.
10/11/2016 Yohander Mendez roster status changed by Texas Rangers.
10/06/2016 Texas Rangers reassigned LHP Yohander Mendez to the minor leagues.
09/02/2016 Texas Rangers recalled LHP Yohander Mendez from Round Rock Express.
08/03/2016 LHP Yohander Mendez assigned to Round Rock Express from Frisco RoughRiders.
07/11/2016 LHP Yohander Mendez assigned to Frisco RoughRiders from Round Rock Express.
07/05/2016 LHP Yohander Mendez assigned to Round Rock Express from Frisco RoughRiders.
05/20/2016 LHP Yohander Mendez assigned to Frisco RoughRiders from High Desert Mavericks.
03/29/2016 LHP Yohander Mendez assigned to High Desert Mavericks.
03/14/2016 Texas Rangers optioned LHP Yohander Mendez to Frisco RoughRiders.
11/20/2015 Texas Rangers selected the contract of Yohander Mendez from Hickory Crawdads.
10/07/2015 LHP Yohander Mendez assigned to Navegantes del Magallanes.
05/01/2015 LHP Yohander Mendez assigned to Hickory Crawdads from AZL Rangers.
04/07/2015 LHP Yohander Mendez assigned to AZL Rangers from Hickory Crawdads.
08/22/2014 Hickory Crawdads activated LHP Yohander Mendez from the 7-day disabled list.
08/08/2014 Hickory Crawdads sent LHP Yohander Mendez on a rehab assignment to AZL Rangers.
04/27/2014 Hickory Crawdads placed LHP Yohander Mendez on the 7-day disabled list.
03/31/2014 LHP Yohander Mendez assigned to Hickory Crawdads from Spokane Indians.
09/27/2013 Spokane Indians activated LHP Yohander Mendez from the 7-day disabled list.
07/31/2013 Spokane Indians placed LHP Yohander Mendez on the 7-day disabled list.
06/14/2013 LHP Yohander Mendez assigned to Spokane Indians.
06/02/2012 LHP Yohander Mendez assigned to DSL Rangers.
06/01/2012 Texas Rangers signed free agent LHP Yohander Mendez to a minor league contract.