RAFAEL MENDEZ, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
|Born: August 14, 2002
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2021, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Mendez was considered raw when he signed. He had a good change and his fastball sat at 85-88 mph.
In 22 appearances, all in relief, Mendez put up a good ERA, but the other numbers were more dubious. His xFIP was 6.00 and he missed very few bats.
Except for a much higher K rate and less luck with his ERA, Mendez had largely the same season as the year before. He did show quite an aptitude for vulturing wins.
Mendez hasn’t shown a whole lot so far and probably won’t be assured of a spot in the FCL in 2023.
|2023: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2021
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2023
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|July 2, 2019: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.