Back before my yearly Spring Training trip, I did some research on some of our invitees that weren’t well-known guys and made a blog about it. The players I checked out included Preston Tucker, Evan Marshall, and Danny Mendick. I found some interesting information about each of them, but really didn’t really expect any groundbreaking results from any of them. As soon as I arrived to Arizona, however, Danny Mendick made sure that I knew who he was.
Our first game was against the Angels, and as fate would have it, he was in the starting lineup. I thought this was a coincidence, but then again didn’t think all that much of it. He has to play at some point, right? Well, he then showed me that he wasn’t in the lineup just to give the regulars a chance to hit the golf course. He made a nice snag on a tough play at third and followed that up with a clutch two-out, two-run double to give the White Sox the lead. I was literally eating my words because there was a direct quote from a scouting report where I mentioned that he didn’t have great power or the range necessary to play shortstop or third base.
As if I wasn’t wrong enough, in the last game I saw against the Brewers, he hit a towering two-out, three-run bomb to cap a four-run seventh inning to give the Good Guys the lead for good (somehow Dylan Covey preserved a lead for once). Mendick had come into the game as a late-inning substitute for Yolmer Sanchez, and he did some immediate damage. However, these two instances are far from the only positive outcomes he was part of during the spring. He finished his successful Spring Training campaign with seven extra-base hits to go along with an impressive .361/.478/.667 slash line while manning multiple infield positions.
Now he’s back in the minors and has been handling his first taste of AAA ball fairly well. He’s getting on base at a .383 clip to go along with a pair of doubles and two dingers. Things haven’t gone swimmingly for our second basemen this year so I say why not give him a chance? We know what we have in Yolmer at the big league level and it’s nothing more than a utility man. We also know what we have in Alcides Escobar at AAA: a has-been ALCS MVP who is at a crossroads in his career. He hasn’t recorded more than three seasons with an OBP above .317 over ten full MLB seasons. Absolutely abysmal.
The 25-year-old Mendick is only getting older and in a season with not much to hope for, I’m all aboard for making Danny Mendick a member of the major league squad. He showed me who he was this spring, and now it’s his time to show all of you.
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