Sometimes I wish he'd just give up on throwing the changeup, it's like a BP ball! Mendez also throws a screwball. If you're going in to face Mendez, better be wearing plenty of protection. He's wild. He's almost as effective against lefthanders as he is versus righthanders.
Defense & Hitting
He tends to fall off slightly to the first-base side of the mound, making him vulnerable to bunts toward third base. He makes up for that minor flaw by being aggressive in fielding his position. Mendez doesn't make much of an attempt to combat the running game. Basestealers ran at will last year. Mendez is a surpisingly good hitting pitcher. And I'm not sure you can say this about a pitcher, but Mendez has some pop in his swing.
I can't say I know what The Calgary Remparts were doing locking this guy up to a long term contract. A questionable call at best. AA isn't the right place for Mendez. Expect the Calgary Remparts to send him down for some minor retooling. I just don't know if The Calgary Remparts are ever going to get what they expect out of him.
-- Emu Nyman, AA/AAA Scout