DEIVY MENDEZ, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: October 27, 1995
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2012, Tampa Bay Rays
How Acquired: Minor league free agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Mendez isn’t a big right-hander, but he throws very hard, sitting at 96-98. He also throws the standard three secondary pitches, but his control is too poor for him to be a starter. In fact, he’s made little to no progress with his walk totals, which have gotten higher as he’s moved up. Tampa Bay released him in May 2018 and the Pirates signed him as a minor league free agent.
Mendez made 14 starts in his debut season, although he averaged only a little over two innings per start. He obviously struggled quite a bit.
The Rays moved Mendez up to the GCL, where he pitched mostly as a reliever. He got about the same results, except he got hit a little less hard.
The Rays moved Mendez up to advanced rookie ball, where he mainly pitched as a starter. He was much harder to hit than he’d been previously, but his walk rate got worse.
In the New York-Penn League, pitching strictly in relief, Mendez was extremely hard to hit, allowing opponents just a .133 average. Walks continued to plague him.
Mendez continued moving up one level at a time. In low A, he struck out and walked more batters than ever, and got hit harder than the previous year.
In high A, Mendez continued to strike out a lot of hitters and his control problems continued to get worse. The Rays finally released him in May. He signed on with Napa of the independent Pacific Association, then signed with the Pirates early July. He spent the rest of the season with Bradenton and continued to struggle with the strike zone.
Mendez has one more year before minor league free agency. The Pirates will probably send him back to Bradenton in 2019 and hope that he can make some progress with his control.
|2019: Minor League Contract|
MiLB Debut: 2013
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2019
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2017
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|July 2, 2012: Signed by the Tampa Bay Rays as an international free agent.
May 25, 2018: Released by the Tampa Bay Rays.
July 6, 2018: Signed as a minor league free agent by the Pittsburgh Pirates.