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 low-90s, 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.

2020
DNP

2021
R:  1-0-0, 7.36 ERA, 1.91 WHIP, 3.2 IP, 4.9 BB/9, 14.7 K/9

At the start of the season, Mendoza was out with an unknown injury.  He didn’t appear until late in the year, when he made three rehab appearances in the FCL.

2022
A:  5-2-3, 1.23 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 29.1 IP, 4.6 BB/9, 11.4 K/9
A+:  0-1-0, 14.54 ERA, 2.54 WHIP, 4.1 IP, 4.2 BB/9, 18.7 K/9

Mendoza opened the season with Bradenton, pitching in short relief.  That was probably a reaction to all the injuries.  He had little trouble there, with opponents batting .134 against him.  Mendoza moved up to Greensboro in mid-July, but after four rough outings he went out with an injury.  He returned six weeks later to make one appearance.

Mendoza finally stayed healthy for most of a year in 2022.  He’ll be eligible for free agency after the 2023 season.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2023: 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.
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