Dante Mendoza

DANTE MENDOZA, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: December 16, 1998
Height: 6′ 5″
Weight: 186
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 12th Round, 372nd Overall, 2017
How Acquired: Trade (from Cleveland for Jordan Luplow and Max Moroff)
High School: Torrance (CA) HS
Agent: N/A

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE

Mendoza is a tall, lean pitcher who’s all about projectability.  He currently throws in the upper-80s, with a promising curve and change.  The Pirates acquired him from Cleveland with two other players for Jordan Luplow and Max Moroff.

2017
R:  0-0-0, 6.00 ERA, 2.33 WHIP, 3.0 IP, 6.0 BB/9, 6.0 K/9

Mendoza made only a brief debut after signing.

2018
R:  2-2-0, 4.58 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 37.1 IP, 4.8 BB/9, 8.9 K/9

The Indians sent Mendoza back to rookie ball, where he pitched both as a starter and in relief.  He did decently, with some control issues.

2019
R+:  0-2-0, 5.82 ERA, 1.52 WHIP, 43.1 IP, 5.8 BB/9, 8.1 K/9

Mendoza pitched out of the Bristol rotation.  He had control issues and gave up six home runs, all of them in July over the course of just 16.2 IP.

The Pirates are no doubt hoping Mendoza’s stuff will take a leap forward, but so far that hasn’t happened.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2020: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $125,000
MiLB Debut: 2017
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2023
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2021
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 14, 2017: Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 12th round, 372nd overall pick; signed on July 6.
November 14, 2018: Traded by the Cleveland Indians with Erik Gonzalez and Tahnaj Thomas to the Pittsburgh Pirates for Jordan Luplow and Max Moroff.