MENDEZ, JULIO

Position: Second Base

DOB: October 24, 1996

Height: 5’10” / Weight: 140

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Free Agent (July 2, 2013)

Profile: A member of Milwaukee’s July 2nd signing class in 2013, Mendez signed with the Brewers out of Venezuela and got his first taste of pro ball in the Dominican Summer League in 2014.  He returned to the DSL in 2015, then was brought stateside in August, playing for the AZL Brewers in both 2015 and 2016.  Mendez opened up the 2017 season with Helena, but with limited playing time there, he was soon returned to the AZL, where he spent the remainder of the season.   A versatile infielder who can play second or third base and also can handle shortstop in a pinch, Mendez is a contact hitter who doesn’t have much power, but doesn’t strike out a ton either, and his average or better speed on the bases makes him a threat in the running game.

2014:  After signing with Milwaukee a season earlier, Mendez made his pro debut in the Dominican Summer League in 2014, appearing in 58 games for the DSL Brewers.  He hit .234 with eight doubles and two triples, and walked more than he struck out in 203 plate appearances.

2015:  The Brewers had Mendez return to the DSL for a second season in 2015, but after hitting .260/.341/.312 in 43 games there, they decided to bring him stateside in August.  He finished out the year in Maryvale, appearing in 12 more games for the AZL Brewers, going 8-for-41 with a double.

2016:  With a few AZL at-bats under his belt a season earlier, Mendez returned to Maryvale for the 2016 season and saw action in 32 games, playing second, third and shortstop for the AZL Brewers.  He wound up hitting .231 with five doubles and launched his first professional home run, while also scoring 16 runs.

2017:  After starting the year in extended spring training, Mendez was assigned to Helena once their season got underway in June, but he appeared in just two games there before returning to Arizona.  He played in 35 games there, batting .255 with nine doubles and a triple, but In an August 26th contest against the Angels, Mendez was hit in the chest with a pitch and suffered a cardiac event.  After a long stretch in the hospital, he returned home to Venezuela and continues to recover from the incident.