If listing all of the prospects in baseball (heck, with all of the young guys on KC) Luis Mendoza wouldn’t have his name mentioned for a very long time. Who? Exactly.
Luis Mendoza is fighting for the #5 spot in the KC pitching rotation. His competition is Felipe Paulino and Danny Duffy. I use the word ‘competition’ loosely as Mendoza is out pitching both of them by a wide margin – frankly, he’s out pitching all of the KC staff at this point.
For the spring thus far, Mendoza has an ERA of 0.54, 16 Ks, and 3 BB in 16.2 innings. There is just nothing to complain about with those numbers.
So what’s the catch? Mendoza has never had success in the bigs. He pitched in 25 games for Texas in 2007 and had an ERA of 8.67. Since then he’s only pitched about 20 innings of baseball.
At 28, maybe he’s a late bloomer. The 6’3″ right hander certainly has everything going this spring. Mendoza was the dark horse coming out of the gate but has clearly out pitched KC’s other choices. Although no decision has been made, he should be the choice to start the season.
Mendoza is a guy that you target very late in your draft or just pick up off the waiver wire. He plays for what looks to be a very good offensive team, so he has potential to get double digit wins. He’s a risk/reward guy, but the risk is low and the reward is very high.