Drew Mendoza’s name called early on day 2 of 2019 MLB Draft

Drew Mendoza has been the backbone of FSU’s lineup for his 3 years at FSU, and it’s paid off for him. Mendoza was the first Nole to hear his name called in the 2019 MLB Draft as the Nationals took Mendoza at the start of day 2 of the draft, with the 94th overall pick. Mendoza has been FSU’s team captain this year and has been one of the driving forces of FSU’s Super Regional run.

After injuries slowed down the beginning of his FSU career, the #2 recruit in the nation helped the Noles reach the College World Series, where he blasted 2 HR’s. Mendoza received All-ACC freshman team and second team freshman All-American in 2017, while playing 1B for the Noles. In Mendoza’s first full season, the lefty made the All-ACC third team, playing 3B for the first time in his career, after Dylan Busby was drafted by the Pirates. 2018 was a year of average, and not so much power for Mendo, but this year he has put it all together. Drew was selected to the All-ACC first team at the end of the regular season, and he’s only getting hotter as the postseason rolls on. Mendoza has already set career highs in nearly every category this year, including HR’s (16) and RBI’s (55).

For his career, Mendoza has compiled a batting average of .301, 33 HR’s, and 131 RBI’s. Mendoza (6’5, 225) is always a frightening presence in the box, but can sometimes struggle in the field. The Nationals drafted him as a 3B, and it will be interesting to see if he sticks.  If Mendoza can continue to develop his power tool and bring down the strikeout numbers, he could make himself a career in the MLB as a power hitting corner infielder.

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