Yohander Mendez
Yohander Mendez
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
Texas Rangers
Out
Injury Suspension
Est. Return 5/15/2020
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Yohander Mendez in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, $558,000 contract with the Rangers in March of 2019.
Suspended by team
PTexas Rangers
Suspension
March 11, 2020
Mendez (shoulder) was placed on the suspended list by the Rangers on Wednesday after seeing unauthorized outside medical attention, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Mendez has been battling shoulder inflammation. His recovery timeline from that injury is not yet clear, and neither is the length that he'll be suspended. When available, it's far from guaranteed that he'll be pitching in the majors, as he did so for just 4.2 innings last season.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
33
Last 10 Games
33
Last 5 Games
33
How many pitches does Yohander Mendez generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Yohander Mendez generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-15%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-57%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-35%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-40%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .298 54 13 6 14 3 0 2
Since 2017vs Right .252 140 20 17 31 7 0 7
2019vs Left .333 10 5 1 3 0 0 2
2019vs Right .143 11 3 4 1 0 0 0
2018vs Left .364 26 3 4 8 2 0 0
2018vs Right .238 95 15 11 20 4 0 4
2017vs Left .188 18 5 1 3 1 0 0
2017vs Right .313 34 2 2 10 3 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-56%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-20%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-74%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-27%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 7.20 1.72 25.0 1 2 0 4.7 3.2 2.2
Since 2017Away 3.20 1.27 19.2 2 1 0 9.2 6.4 1.4
2019Home 6.75 3.00 1.1 0 0 0 0.0 13.5 6.8
2019Away 5.40 1.50 3.1 1 0 0 21.6 8.1 2.7
2018Home 9.24 1.89 12.2 1 2 0 5.0 3.6 1.4
2018Away 2.40 1.27 15.0 1 0 0 6.6 6.0 1.2
2017Home 4.91 1.36 11.0 0 0 0 4.9 1.6 2.5
2017Away 6.75 0.75 1.1 0 1 0 6.8 6.8 0.0
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Stat Review
How does Yohander Mendez compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 30 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
1.60
 
K/9
15.4
 
BB/9
9.6
 
HR/9
3.9
 
Fastball
93.8 mph
 
ERA
5.79
 
WHIP
1.93
 
BABIP
.279
 
GB/FB
0.50
 
Left On Base
96.8%
 
Exit Velocity
91.0 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
25.0%
 
Spin Rate
2142 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
37.5%
 
Swinging Strike
13.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
It was a rocky season for Mendez, as an undisclosed violation of team rules at a time he was in line for a look in the Rangers' rotation prompted a demotion all the way to High-A. Mendez was optioned to Triple-A Round Rock to begin the season and made the trip to Arlington a couple times in the first half before joining the Rangers in mid-June. A week later, he was demoted all the way to the Down East Wood Ducks of the Carolina League. After getting his act together, he was elevated to Double-A Frisco before another stint with the Express in late August. Back in the club's good graces, Mendez was called up when rosters expanded. Arlington is a tough enough place to pitch, let alone for someone with a 93-mph fastball and mediocre secondary stuff. Mendez should get a shot at the Texas rotation, but unless he figures something out over the offseason, he's off the fantasy radar, even in the deepest of formats.
Before he got to Triple-A in 2016, Mendez looked like a potential mid-rotation starter. However, since then, he has looked more like a future middle reliever. The 23-year-old southpaw has struggled mightily in two brief MLB stints (seven strikeouts in 15.1 innings). The Rangers had an organizational philosophy shift last winter, opting to be more conservative with where they assigned pitching prospects. This led to Mendez, who some viewed as a dark horse candidate to join the big-league rotation early in the season, getting assigned back to Double-A, where he had logged 46.2 innings in 2016. Those who expected him to dominate and quickly receive a promotion to Triple-A were left waiting all season. He has above-average velocity for a lefty (93 mph), but none of his secondaries stand out and he really struggles to generate groundballs. Look for him to be assigned to Triple-A this year and possibly join the big-league rotation at some point. It would be unreasonable to hope for anything more than a back-end starter.
Mendez began the season at High-A High Desert but was so dominant throughout the year that he ended up parlaying his success into two relief appearances in the big leagues with the Rangers. He pitched mostly as a starter in the minors in 2016, posting a 113:41 K:BB in 111 innings across three levels. Mendez has a lively fastball with movement and saw a bit of an uptick in velocity. The 6-foot-5 lefty also has an excellent changeup and works best when he can locate down in the zone. There had been questions about his durability, role as a starter and development of a third pitch, but thus far he has proven up to the task. He'll have an outside shot at the starting rotation coming into spring training, but it is more likely that Mendez will return to Triple-A Round Rock and bide his time until needed.
Still probably three years away from contributing at the big league level, Mendez offers a lot to dream on. At 6-foot-4, 178 pounds, the Venezuelan southpaw has an extremely projectable body with a low-to-mid 90s fastball. He continues to be brought along slowly, but he was absolutely dominant in 66.1 innings at Low-A Hickory last season. After a brief, 31-inning taste of the South Atlantic League in 2014, Mendez returned with authority, posting a 27.5 percent K-rate and a 5.6 percent walk rate with a 2.44 ERA and 1.09 WHIP. His first 10 appearances were 1.2-to-3.0 inning looks out of the bullpen, so his overall numbers are slightly inflated. That said, he still posted a 2.94 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 32 strikeouts in 33.2 innings as a starter, completing five innings in four of those eight starts. There isn’t much buzz associated with Mendez, but he has the tools to finish 2016 as a top-100 prospect in dynasty leagues.
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Battling minor shoulder issue
PTexas Rangers
Shoulder
February 21, 2020
Mendez is dealing with shoulder inflammation, though the issue isn't considered serious, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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Bags win Saturday
PTexas Rangers
September 8, 2019
Mendez (1-0) allowed one run on one hit while striking out six over 2.1 relief innings Saturday to pick up the win over the Orioles.
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Looking at multi-inning role
PTexas Rangers
September 6, 2019
Mendez will throw out of the Rangers' bullpen in multiple-inning stints, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
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Recalled from Triple-A
PTexas Rangers
September 5, 2019
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Activated and optioned
PTexas Rangers
August 26, 2019
Mendez (elbow) was activated from the 60-day injured list and optioned to Triple-A Nashville on Monday.
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