A late-round 2015 MLB Draft selection by the Chicago White Sox out of UMASS-Lowell, infielder Danny Mendick reached Double-A Birmingham for the first time in 2017, splitting the summer between there and High-A Winston-Salem before the Sox shipped the glove-man out to Phoenix for the Arizona Fall League in October and November. A versatile defender ticketed for a utility infield/platoon profile at ceiling, Danny Mendick struggled at the plate over the summer, slashing a combined .256/.340/.405/.745 between both levels (anchored by an ugly .197/.280/.293/.573 line in 41 games with Birmingham) before he went out to the AFL and redeemed himself some with a .290/.324/.391/.716 line across 18 games for the Glendale Desert Dogs.
Entering the 2018 season as a 24-year-old (DOB: September 28, 1993), Danny Mendick isn’t a frontline prospect, but his future is aided by versatility and a jack-of-all-trades profile on defense that could get him to the big leagues as a bench option if only he can hit enough to stick there. Below, Baseball Census has a full Danny Mendick scouting report based on multiple viewings across the AFL season, including tool grades, game video, projection notes, and more.
Danny Mendick Scouting Report, Chicago White Sox — 2017
Dates observed in 2017: Arizona Fall League
Danny Mendick Scouting Report, Chicago White Sox — 2017 Game Video
Danny Mendick Scouting Report — Notes, Analysis & Projection
A bit of an underdog second base prospect looking to make the jump to the big leagues with below-average tools, Danny Mendick will quickly find the utility infield path his best shot at prolonging his professional career with the Chicago White Sox. He’s not an ideal defender for the left side of the infield, even in a utility role, but he’s the proverbial gamer who squeezes every ounce he can out of a less than projectable frame and set of tools. He must prove he can hit far better than he did in a disappointing 41-game Double-A introduction over the summer to project into a big league role, though, and considering he’s already 24 years old with an insignificant track record at the plate, that may be difficult.
Mendick did represent the Chicago White Sox well at the Arizona Fall League in part-time action against good pitching, and a 2018 return to Double-A Birmingham will do him well to prove his ability to make adjustments and push forward to Triple-A Charlotte by the end of the season. Long-term, I’m not bullish on Mendick turning into much more than an emergency call-up option playing out a few more years in the upper minors with little upside, though versatility and a hard-nosed attitude may push his ceiling slightly and an up-and-down role may not be out of the question for a (short) time.
Overall Future Potential (Future Value): Over-aggressive and limited offensive profile will be exploited; glove could play in utility role but bat will limit future to bench ceiling/org depth floor (35/40)
MLB ETA: 2019
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