Minor League infielder Julio Mendez is in critical but stable condition following a life-threatening incident when he was hit in the chest by a pitch during a game with the AZL Brewers on Saturday night.
The Brewers released a statement on Sunday morning, saying “Last night, Julio Mendez, a member of the Arizona (R) Brewers affiliate, suffered a cardiac event after being hit by a pitch in a game played in Tempe, Arizona. After receiving treatment on the field, he was taken to a local hospital where he remains in critical but stable condition.”
The statement also featured a comment from Brewers GM David Stearns, who said “All of our thoughts and prayers are with Julio and his family. We will provide updates as soon as we know more.”
Mendez, who signed with the Brewers out of Venezuela in 2013, spent his first two seasons playing in the Dominican Summer League before making his way stateside in 2015. He spent last year in the AZL and after opening up 2017 in Helena, he returned to Maryvale in late-June, re-joining Milwaukee’s AZL club. In 35 Arizona League contests, the 20-year-old infielder was batting .255 with nine doubles for the Brewers.
We here at MPP would like to join the Brewers in offering up our prayers and well-wishes to Julio and his family and hope for a speedy recovery.