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South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 42: Danny Mendick

Sure, he’s got excessive grindiness going for him — but this mini-mite is a guy you just want to root for

Superhero of the spring: Mendick’s grindy Glendale play won the hearts of many a White Sox fan.
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Danny Mendick
189 pounds
Bats: Right
Age: 25
2018 SSS Top Prospect Rank: 38
SSS rank among all shortstops in the system: 5

In three years of collegiate ball (the first in junior college, the final two with the Massachusetts-Lowell River Hawks), Mendick displayed consistently solid hitting skills without much power. In those three years, covering 458 at-bats, Mendick slashed .332/.419/.483 with a combined eight homers, 90 RBIs, 32 stolen bases, 55 walks (10.13%) and 38 strikeouts (7.0%).

Partly because he didn’t hit for much power and his competition level wasn’t quite so fierce, Mendick fell to the White Sox in the 22nd round of the 2015 draft. In his four-year career in the White Sox organization, he has slashed .253/.336/.380 while combining to hit 31 homers and steal 48 bases, while walking and striking out at respectable rates of 9.62% and 12.65% respectively.

In 2018 with Birmingham, which is a notoriously difficult place to hit, Mendick managed to slash .247/.340/.395 in 132 games (453 at-bats) and record career highs in doubles (25), homers (14) and stolen bases (20). He walked (10.78%) and whiffed a bit more (17.01%) as well. Although he only played shortstop in 2018, Mendick has played plenty of games in his career at second and third bases as well.

Mendick does everything a utility infield/bench type is supposed to do: He’s hard-nosed, focused, and squeezes everything he can out of his game. His gritty competitiveness gives him an outside shot at a small, random window of modest success in the big leagues, thanks to hard work and good fortune.

Mendick has had some heroic moments already with the Knights in 2019, and overall he’s slashing .264/.360/.434 over his first 30 games in Charlotte. He is very likely the first call-up in case of any sort of infielder injury on the White Sox, as Mendick has committed only one error this year while seeing time at second base, third base, shortstop and left field.

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2019 South Side Sox Top 100 Prospects

42. Danny Mendick, SS
43. Yeyson Yrizarri, SS
44. Kade McClure, RHSP
45. Luis Mieses, CF
46. Ti’quan Forbes, 3B
47. Thyago Vieira, RHRP
48. Corey Zangari, 1B
49. Yermin Mercedes, C
50. Anderson Comas, RF
51. Gunnar Troutwine, C
52. Codi Heuer, RHSP
53. Andrew Perez, LHRP
54. Josue Guerrero, LF
55. Jacob Lindgren, LHRP
56. Ryan Cordell, CF
57. Joel Booker, LF
58. Bennett Sousa, LHRP
59. Blake Battenfield, RHSP
60. Caberea Weaver, CF
61. Matt Foster, RHRP
62. Tate Blackman, 2B
63. Hunter Schryver, LHRP
64. Romy González, CF
65. Carlos Perez, C
66. Trey Michalczewski, 3B
67. Taylor Varnell, LHSP
68. John Parke, LHSP
69. Mike Morrison, RHRP
70. Zach Remillard, 3B
71. Luis Martinez, RHSP
72. Zach Lewis, RHSP
73. José Nin, RHRP
74. Colton Turner, LHSP
75. Jhoandro Alfonso, C
76. Ramon Beltre, 2B
77. Charlie Tilson, CF
78. Hunter Kiel, RHRP
79. Jason Bilous, RHSP
80. Nick Johnson, RHRP
81. Danny Dopico, RHRP
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.