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South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 82: Harvin Mendoza

He’s got an eye and a glove; if the power blossoms in Great Falls, watch out

More walks than strikeouts: Are we sure Harvin plays in the White Sox organization?
Kim Contreras (@Cu_As)/South Side Sox

Harvin Mendoza
185 pounds
Bats: Left
Age: 20
SSS rank among all first basemen in the system: 3

Harvin Mendoza, who signed in the same international signing class as Franklin Reyes, was a corner outfield prospect at the time but also has converted to first base. After two good seasons for the DSL White Sox, Mendoza was promoted to the AZL squad for 2018 and acquitted himself quite well. He has gradually improved each year, last year hitting .314/.381/.409, with no homers, 23 RBI, 12 walks and 12 strikeouts over 137 at-bats. In his three-year minor league career, Mendoza actually has more walks (90) than strikeouts (88) in 578 at-bats — are we sure he’s a member of the White Sox organization?

Mendoza played errorless ball last season, and even though he’s shown virtually no power thus far (just two career homers), he does have a projectable build if he can alter his launch angle. It’s easier to work with someone who’s got great plate discipline but unproven game power than vice-versa, but in order to eventually stick as a first baseman, Mendoza will have to pick up his power game eventually. Fortunately he’s just 20, and he should be promoted to hitter-friendly Great Falls to begin the 2019 season.

2019 South Side Sox Top 100 Prospects

82. Harvin Mendoza, 1B
83. Logan Sowers, RF
84. Maiker Feliz, 3B
85. Brayan Herrera, RHSP
86. Craig Dedelow, LF
87. Wilber Pérez, RHSP
88. Kyle Kubat, LHRP
89. Johan Dominguez, RHRP
90. Mitch Roman, 2B
91. Ty Greene, C
92. Tanner Banks, LHSP
93. Jake Elliott, RHRP
94. Kevin Escorcia, LHRP
95. Luis Rodriguez, RHSP
96. Ian Dawkins, LF
97. Victor Diaz, RHRP
98. Travis Moniot, LF
99. Will Kincanon, RHRP
100. Brian Clark, LHRP

More information on South Side Top Prospects.